Lithium air, STORM, potassium-ion battery, Argonne Laboratory.
High stability: The EU-funded STABLE project successfully doubled durability of lithium air batteries. The researchers developed cells lasting for 100-150 rather than 50 charge cycles. Despite their high energy density, lifetime of the new Li-air batteries is still a far cry from those of Li-ion batteries.
Ready to tour the globe: Students of TU Eindhoven have finished their electric touring motorbike. First presented earlier this year, the Storm Pulse peaks at 75 kW. Included in the 340-kilo machine is the battery with 28,5 kWh said to last for 380 km. Next up is the race around the world in 80 days.
Potassium power: Researchers at the Oregon State University have a patent pending for a potassium-ion battery (KIB). Inserted into graphite, they managed to reach a capacity of 273 mAh/g in the KIB, while soft carbon as anode stabilised the potassium batteries further.
Double collaboration: Argonne National Laboratory opened two new collaborative centres. The Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and Nano Design Works (NDW) shall both provide access to Argonne’s extensive scientific resources including R&D.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the sale of GreenPower’s first all-electric double-decker bus to EV Power. The deal is worth a little more than a million dollars.
Samsung SDI, FASTINCHARGE, catalyst, pervoskite solar cells.
Samsung SDI will buy battery materials maker Samsung Fine Chemicals for 18.7bn won (15.9m dollars). Founded in 2011 by Samsung Group and Toda Kogyo, Samsung SDI will now hold 72 percent in the joint venture and Toda Kogyo 28%. The former also plans to sell its stake in Samsung BP Chemicals for 81.9bn won (69.4m USD) to invest in its EV battery business.
EU goes inductive: The EU-funded project FASTINCHARGE announced it developed an easy to operate inductive charging system that i.e. shows how to position the car to charge. It also provides “guidance” throughout the charging process and exchanges charging data with the car. Test are underway in France until the end of October.
Non-precious-metal catalyst: Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a fuel cell catalyst that is free of non-precious-metals and has the same performance as platinum catalysts. Platinum is the predominant catalyst in fuel cell systems and makes up about 50 percent of the cost.
Perovskite solar cells that can be made into a flexible film could be sufficient to recharge an electric car in the not too distant future, say researchers from Case Western Reserve University. Wiring four of the cells to small lithium-ion batteries, they reached a 7.8 percent efficiency.
University of Glasgow, Argonne National Laboratory, AnStrom.
3D printed electrolyzers: Researchers from the University of Glasgow have printed a PEM electrolyzer constructed from silver-coated 3D-printed components made of polypropylene. 3D printing allows for the construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers as well as the production of flow batteries and fuel cells.
Intercontinental standards: The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has started its ‘EV Interoperability Center’ this May. Together with the EU Commission’s ‘Joint Research Centre’ they are working at standards for testing and charging electric vehicles safely as well as “future-proof” smart grid integration.
Efficient electric drive production: The collaborative project ‘AnStrom’ is looking at lamination stack production for electric drives and how it can be optimised. The effort is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to develop design guidelines for sheet geometries ready for production.
effizienzfabrik.de (in German), wbk.kit.edu (project’s website)
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news about the high-speed crash of a stolen Tesla Model S in West Hollywood.