Battery recycling: Fraunhofer ISC started the NEW-BAT research project to develop more efficient recycling processes. The team will concentrate on lithium metal oxides and carbon compounds in EV batteries that were previously impossible to reclaim. Electro-hydraulic shock waves shall split the composites cleanly. The project is funded with 1.6m euros by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and includes industry partners like GRS.
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Battery ageing research centre: The RWTH in Aachen will host the “Center for Ageing, Reliability and Lifetime Prediction of Electrochemical and Power Electronic Systems” (CARL). 60m dollars of funding come from both federal and state’s pockets and will finance ten professors and 20 chairs. Interdisciplinary research will look into battery ageing processes and prediction of such in detail.
rwth-aachen.de (in German)
Most efficient electric drive? ABB presents the Azipod XL for marine vessels. Said to increase vessel fuel efficiency by up to 20%, the electric drive sits in a submerged pod. A novel nozzle system accelerates the water flow into the propeller to increase thrust of the updated Azipod.
Updated Formula E drive: ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport has improved its power train for next season’s electric racing series. The developers focused on improving the electric motor’s torque strength and efficiency. The MGU01+ is also lighter and the transmission features three gears.
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