University of Cambridge, SYRNEMO, Peugeot, Amionx.
Hydrogen from biomass: Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a new method of producing hydrogen fuel. They combine ambient sunlight and waste biomass, such as paper, wood, and leaves, in order to generate hydrogen. The scientists hope to commercialise their solution soon via Cambridge Enterprise, the uni’s commercial branch.
No rare earths needed: The SYRNEMO project designed a rare earth free permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance machine (PMaSYRM). It uses ferrites as well as a hairpin winding for the stator and a lightweight modular design for the rotor. It is now fit for mid-volume manufacturing.
Conditional return? Peugeot ponders to reenter the WEC but has asked the racing series to reduce hybrid power in the LMP1 category due to cost. This however, would prompt Toyota to leave the course, meaning the negotiations continue.
Fire safety first: Amionx launched its Safe Core technology, which prevents lithium-ion batteries from ignition and explosion. The patented technology acts like a circuit breaker and the company plans to license it globally.