Mitsubishi, PNNL, Ruhr University Bochum, UCR.
Different Outlander PHEV for USA: Mitsubishi aims to launch its PHEV in the U.S. in November 2015 and it appears the new model will be worth the wait. Instead of only minor updates, the U.S. version is said to boast a refined hybrid drive different from the European model.
Silicon sponge anode: Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and UC San Diego have developed a “mesoporous silicon sponge” material that serves Li-ion batteries as anode. The team reports high energy capacity and cycle stability and plan to develop a larger battery prototype soon.
Twofold catalyst: Chemists at the German Ruhr-Uni Bochum have developed a new catalyst based on carbon, which enables two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen. This might make the storage of renewable energy possible and help the production of cost-efficient EV batteries.
Beach-based battery: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, have developed a Li-ion battery that has sand, or better quartz, or to be precise silicon dioxide as its base. The battery is said to outperform the current industry standard by 300%.
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