Paul Scherrer Institut, Magneti Marelli, supercapacitors, ZF.
Efficient separation: Researchers from Swiss Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) have developed a coating that helps separating gases and water in fuel cells to make them more efficient. The team created “run-off channels” within the porous material, thus ensuring the gases can flow more quickly, making fuel cells more stable and powerful.
Motor race: Italian Magneti Marelli has developed an electric motor strong enough for the Formula E. The ‘MGU-FE’ has a peak power output of 300 kW and a torque of 200 Nm, while it is said to weigh less than 23 kg. Teams might get to use it from season 3 of the electric racing series.
Scraps to caps: Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Drexel University are upcycling scrap tires to produce flexible polymer carbon composite films to be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. After pre-treatment and processing, the resulting composite paper is highly flexible, conductive, and has a high capacitance.
ZF EV powered by Akasol: The Advanced Urban Vehicle that ZF presented at the IAA utilises a Li-ion traction battery made by Akasol. Eight modules are divided into three system units (2/3/3) in order to be packed efficiently at the front and the rear axle. The pack holds 16.3 kWh.