German consortium HiPoLiT (High Power Lithium Technology) is researching Li-ion batteries capable of fast-charging and with a higher energy density for use in mobile and stationary energy storage systems. It includes the MEET Battery Research Centre (Münster), Johnson Matthey, BMZ, Torqeddo, Liacon and Fraunhofer ISIT and is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research with 2m euros.
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Battery research at Warwick: The Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick has opened its doors. Said to be the first of its kind in Europe, it includes a testing facility for electric and hybrid drives. It will also look into new battery cell technology, combining the three areas of energy storage, energy management, and complex electrical systems.
U.S. accelerates firms: As part of the first round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked 6.7m dollars to bring together 33 small businesses with researchers at its nine department laboratories in order to push the commercialisation of green technologies. That also includes battery and fuel cell technologies.
News on the track: The hydrogen-powered Forze VII, developed by students at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has a maximum output of 200 kW, while the electric motors are powered by a 100 kW fuel cell. It can go from 0-100 kph in under four seconds and has a top speed of 210 kph. Its predecessor set the record for hydrogen and electric cars at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife last year.
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