Drexel University, UN-Habitat + DLR, Qualcomm, China-Canada connection
Charge in seconds? A novel material puts supercap properties into batteries say researchers from Drexel University, who call the stuff MXene. This flat nanomaterial paired with a hydrogel allows for free flow of ions and the team hopes to soon be able to charge devices “much, much faster.”
sciencealert.com, drexel.edu, nature.com (study, paid content)
Making earth a better place: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) signed a MoU to cooperate in the field of sustainable urban mobility, mainly through research. Their efforts shall align with the New Urban Agenda adopted during the Habitat III conference last year as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that call for environmental-friendly transport to be inclusive for all.
Wireless in Asia: Qualcomm and Japanese OEM Nichicon have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. Practically this opens the door for Qualcomm’s Halo inductive charging technology to be offered in Asia as part of Nichicon’s portfolio.
China-Canada connection: Anode maker Shinzoom from China intends to form a joint venture with Canadian Nouveau Monde Graphite in order to offer its anodes to Li-ion battery manufacturers in North America. A letter of intent has been signed but is not binding.