Daimler to modernise main plant: The Mercedes motor plant in Untertürkheim, Germany, will be converted into a competence centre for CO2-efficient technologies like hybrid drivetrains and the production of fuel cell systems. The modernisation is expected to take a few years and will cost multiple billion euros, but will bring down production costs by 2020.
daimler.com (in German), just-auto.com
Fuel cells function better with flaws: U.S. researchers found that naturally occurring defects in graphene allow protons travel through it more easily. The discovery could help develop more efficient fuel cells with graphene membranes more quickly.
Investment round: Magnomatics, a spin-out from the University of Sheffield, UK, has received a total of 2 million pounds from two investors. The money will be used to commercialise the company’s Magsplit transmission for hybrid electric vehicle manufacturers.
Li-S findings: Researchers from Drexel University and Aix-Marseille University have found a two-dimensional carbon/sulphur (C/S) nanolaminate material. The mix is said to make a promising material for cathodes of Lithium-Sulphur batteries.
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