Nissan, Open Vehicle-Grid Integration, HexHog, Rice University.

V2Home: Nissan started testing its ‘Leaf to Home’ system, designed to help grids manage peaks in demand. The tests are being conducted by ENERES together with selected Nissan dealerships in Japan. There, the Leaf battery powers lighting systems during opening hours.,

Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI): Live demonstration of the software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries, has begun. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organisations are taking part. The software integrates plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies.


Off-road wheel chair: The HexHog resembles a cart but has six wheels. The electric wheel chair can turn on the spot, while its flexible chassis enables easy access and ensures all six wheels to touch ground, no matter the terrain. (video)

Platinum substitute: Researchers from Rice University created a hybrid material in the form of flakes containing graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and graphene platelets. Used as a catalyst in fuel cells, the new formulation can outperform platinum in both current density and value.

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