Qualcomm update: Qualcomm and Lumen Australia finalised a license agreement for wireless EV charging. Lumen will include Qualcomm technology in its portfolio and commercialise it. Furthermore, Qualcomm announced its takeover of Dutch competitor NXP Semiconductors.
greencarcongress.com (license), qualcomm.com (acquisition)
2nd phase of 2nd life project: EU project “Energy Local Storage Advanced system” (ELSA) that reutilises batteries from Nissan and Renault presented its mid-term insights in Paris. ELSA systems can be found at six European locations and the three-year project focuses on increasing local production of renewable energy and to accelerate the transition to smart grid.
automotive-business-review.com, elsa-h2020.eu (project website)
Anodes from algae: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a method to create silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries from the fossilised remains of algae called diatoms. This may lead to producing ultra-high capacity batteries for electric vehicles.
Hydrogen funding: The DOE will support the launch of the HydroGEN Consortium with 10m dollars. The consortium is tasked with combining the capabilities of national laboratories to speed up commercially viable hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.
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