Saft founds a battery cell JV in China
The French battery manufacturer Saft, a member of the Total oil group, has reached an agreement with the Chinese company Tianneng Energy Technology to set up a joint venture for the development, manufacture and sale of lithium-ion cells, modules and packages.
TÜV SÜD to help build battery lab in Thailand
TÜV SÜD is participating in the construction of a battery test centre near Bangkok in Thailand. The German testing and certification service provider has now signed a corresponding cooperation agreement with the local Ministry of Industry and the Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI).
Fraunhofer and EMPA cooperate on solid state batteries
At the beginning of the year, the Fraunhofer Institute ISC and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) launched a joint research project called IE4B to create the basis for production-ready solid-state batteries for electric cars.
Researchers adapt flexible bipolar plates in batteries
Researchers from the German Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) have announced a new development in battery technology, using a “new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost-effectively.”
VW bundles their battery business
Volkswagen is now bundling all tasks relating to the development and production of batteries into its Components division, which has n0w assumed responsibility for all aspects of energy storage – from cell production to mobile charging banks, to battery recycling.
DE: Battery experts forge path from science to production
Battery specialists BMZ Group, Custom Cells Itzehoe, EAS Batteries, Leclanché and Liacon are participating in an initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) called “Forschungsfabrik Batterie” (FFB), that is German for the research battery factory.
EU project researching new magnesium batteries
A new EU project called E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) that was recently funded with 6.5 million euros, will focus on the development of a new type of magnesium-based battery for electrified vehicles, among other uses.
Geely & CATL found battery JV in China
The vehicle manufacturer Geely is founding a joint venture with the battery cell manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). The joint venture will be called CATL Geely Power Battery and will launch with a starting fund of one billion Yuan (130 million euro) by the two partners.
Volkswagen boosts stake in QuantumScape
Volkswagen has now completed their planned stock increase of QuantumScape. The Germans have invested 100 million dollars in the battery specialist, with whom VW intends to establish mass production of solid-state batteries.
Low-res solid-state batteries from Japan
Researchers from Tohoku University and Tokyo Tech developed solid-state batteries with low resistance at the electrode and solid electrolyte interface. They showed great electrochemical properties that surpass those of traditional Li-ion batteries.
Google and VW to develop quantum batteries
The research cooperation between the two companies in the area of quantum computers is showing its first results. VW announced that they had first succeeded in simulating the structure of industry-relevant molecules on a quantum computer.
42m pounds for EV battery research in the UK
Four UK-based research projects aimed at improving EV battery technology are to receive 42 million pounds in funding through the Faraday Institution, a government-backed body. Projects include work to examine damage to EV batteries over time, as well as the development of solid state batteries.
Dreamliner, Evolute Drives, Paolo, Battery Research.
Dreamliner fire investigated: The fire on a Boeing Dreamliner parked at London-Heathrow in July 2013 was initiated by the uncontrolled release of stored energy from the lithium battery in the Emergency Locator Transmitter, according to Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). In its final report, the AAIB concludes that battery wires, crossed and trapped under the battery cover, “probably created a short-circuit current path which could allow a rapid, uncontrolled discharge of the battery”.
Efficient EV transmission: Evolute Drives says it will present practical test results for its high efficiency 3-speed MSYS electric vehicle transmission at the upcoming CTI Symposium in Shanghai. In independent tests, a B-class fitted with the transmission allegedly achieved a reduction in energy consumption of up to 18 percent over the NEDC test cycle, compared to the single-speed base vehicle.
3D printable electric scooter: Spanish designer Josep Bolart has unveiled Paolo, a minimalist electric scooter. It can be made from recycled materials and most of the parts could be 3D printed.
Battery research: A team from Chonnam National University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a 3D nanoarchitecture of germanium coated with carbon for use as ultra-high rate anodes for Li-ion batteries. The composite is said to show “excellent cyclability”.
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Nomadic Power, Battery research, BMW, Tesla, Mitsubishi.
2 million euros are going to Nomadic Power from funds of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The company developed a battery trailer, formerly known as eBuggy. Now dubbed Nomad, it has a capacity of 85 kWh and can thus supply an electric car with up to 500 additional kilometres of range.
Lithium synergies: Researchers from SLAC and Stanford have found a synergetic effect from both lithium polysulfide and lithium nitrate. When added to an electrolyte, they prevent dendrite growth on Li-metal anodes and could thus decrease the risk of over heating or short circuits.
BMW i8 drive voted Engine of the year: BMW took top honors at the latest International Engine of the Year Awards, with the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder hybrid drive unit in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid being declared the overall winner. Tesla´s full-electric powertrain won in the category “Green engine”.
Modified Outlander to race off road: Mitsubishi is to compete in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally in Portugal at the end of October. An Outlander PHEV has been specifically equipped to withstand the adversities of the race. Amendments concern the battery structure, control and suspension.
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