TaxiBot, Aalto University, Battery innovations, GaN Systems.
TaxiBot in operation: The hybrid tow tractor which had been tested at Frankfurt Airport since last year (we reported) is now being used in real flight operations. The 800-hp TaxiBot is soon to be developed into an even stronger model, able to tow a Boeing 747 or Airbus A380.
Finnish fuel cell research: A team at Aalto University has developed a new electrocatalyst for fuel cells, which is said to be as efficient as platinum but more cost-effective. It is made from iron and carbon as well as graphene.
EV battery prize: The UK government will launch a new competition worth 10 million pounds this April for innovations in battery design for the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). A winner is to be named already this summer.
Canada invests in clean tech: GaN Systems from Ottawa has been rewarded 2,188,000 dollars by the government to maximise the efficiency of EV chargers connected to smart grids. The grant is part of an investment round totalling over 26.8 million dollars going to clean tech companies.