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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Most clicked Link on Thursday was the deadly accident at a Supercharger in Norfolk.
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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Most clicked link on Thursday was the Metron 7 of the Slovenian Metron Institute which has set a new record of 513 miles on one charge at the WAVE 2015.
Suzuki, MG, NIMS/SEU, Battery research.
Suzuki to save some fuel: The Japanese maker of small cars has announced plans to introduce ‘gas-electric hybrid technology,’ but it won’t be more than a mild hybrid. Suzuki hopes however, to go full-hybrid sometime in the future.
Anniversary EV: MG is celebrating its 90th birthday by showing a concept of an electric car. The MG Dynamo has been created at the parent company’s HQ (SAIC) in Longbridge and is currently on display at SMMT’s offices in Westminster, UK. The concept has been developed to help the company understand Europe’s demand for a pure electric small MG.
High quality fuel cells: The Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Chinese Southeast University (SEU) signed a memorandum of understanding to design new platinum-free electro-catalysts based on graphene for premium fuel-cell electrodes.
The devil is in the detail: New research on lithium-iron-phosphate batteries suggests, that scientists might have been wrong to use the Butler-Volmer equation all along. Instead, cell performance might be dependent on the speed electrons move between the electrode and its carbon coating.
Infineon, Telefónica, Battery research, Tesla.
Infineon research project: Together with 26 research partners from six countries, Infineon is leading the 55-million euro (75.7m dollars) eRamp project. The project is aiming on strengthening and expanding Germany’s and Europe’s expertise in the production of power electronics.
Telefónica to connect Tesla: The mobile network provider and the Californian carmaker announced an agreement for M2M connectivity for the Model S. Telefonica and its partners from the M2M World Alliance will be able to provide services all over Europe. In Germany and UK, O2 will serve Tesla drivers.
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A new electrolyte developed by the universities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science is said to lower charging times for li-ion batteries by one third and to increase the nominal standard cell voltage from 3 to 5 volts. The new electrolyte contains a high concentration of lithium ion.
Tesla batteries from local sources: To make the battery production of its future Gigafactory as green as possible, Tesla is planning on sourcing raw-materials also from North America. Tesla hopes to offset the higher prices by the fact that far less transportation and logistics will be involved.