JLR to assemble batteries in Slovakia: Jaguar Land Rover’s new facility currently under construction in Slovakian Nitra, will also be used to assemble batteries, news agency TASR reports. It is thus likely JLR will eventually start to manufacture electric cars and plug-in hybrids in Slovakia too.
Neptun Hopper: The German port town of Rostock may soon see a flotilla of electric ferries, if the idea of Neptun Ship Design (NSD) becomes a reality. Their concept called Neptun Hopper utilises Siemens marine electric propulsion technology. The batteries would be both charged via solar panels on the vessel’s roof and at the docks.
30m dollars for 21 projects looking to accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of power converters have been made available through the DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The innovations are based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors.
Graphite anode: Cadenza Innovation from the States has teamed up with Australian mineral company Syrah Resources in a long-term research and development agreement to develop graphite anode technology. It shall be used in lithium-ion-based energy storage.