Le Mans, Ballard, BioSolar, Autoneum.
Accelerating times ahead: Le Mans will have new rules for its hybrid racers for the 2020 season, essentially turning them into proper plug-in hybrids. A pit stop thus must include a rapid battery refill but also each PHEV will need to run the first kilometres after the break all-electrically. On top of that, the LMP1 competitors must cross the finish line in electric mode as well.
Ballard to take flight: Ballard subsidiary Protonex has written an order from FlyH2 Aerospace, a developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial applications based in South Africa. It seeks to power its three UA Alpha flagships in the making with Protonex’ fuel cell propulsion system and FlyH2 gears for a 30 kilo utility aircraft with 9-hour flight endurance.
Bio battery: Californian BioSolar has come to an agreement with Top Battery from Korea. The latter will utilise BioSolar’s silicon alloy nanocomposite anode material in its Li-ion batteries. The material is said to deliver high capacity at low cost.
EV acoustics: Hybrid-Acoustics ECO+ is Autoneum’s is not to have EVs make noise but to drown out sounds previously covered by an engine’s hum such as fans and pumps. The noise and heat protection components include carpets made from a novel and environmentally-friendly fibre.
LG Electronics, Electric Liner, Zenos, BioSolar.
LG to start Bolt production? LG Electronics has completed construction of an EV component facility in Chinese Nanjing and started production. The plant is close to where LG Chem also builds electric cars. Hence, the new production site is likely to manufacture mainly parts for Chevrolet’s Bolt EV.
Supersonic electric liners? Electric flying over long distances may be just a few years away if one follows the idea of battery designer Luke Workman. His flat cell design would use the entire wing surface as part of a huge battery. Range would then be down to wingspan, essentially.
Hybrid sports car: British Zenos received 250,000 pounds from the UK Government to build a hybrid prototype of its E10 R racer. Hyperdrive Innovation will deliver the battery management. If successful, the hybrid drive system based on Ford’s Ecoboost could be utilised in other, rather serial models.
Next level batteries: BioSolar commences the development of its high energy anode for lithium batteries. While the anode in question is an new technology, the company will seek synergies with the so-called super cathode technology it has reportedly been developing.
Swatch, ORNL, BioSolar, University of Michigan.
Swatch update: The announced Super-battery is taking form. Serial production of the prototype is to commence in June – first for e-bikes, electric scooters and drones, followed by EVs in 2017. Swatch promises an 30 percent increase in capacity compared to the Gigafactory product. And it is said to charge faster.
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Battery alliance: Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power have signed a licencing agreement for lithium-sulphur for battery packs of the next generation. He goal is to develop more energy-dense batteries for the rechargeable energy market.
BioSolar update: The company says it concluded the first development stage of its allegedly revolutionary cathode technology (we reported). According to BioSolar, it could reduce the cost to less than 100 dollars per kWh. The next development stage will focus on the opimisation of production and preparation of demonstrators.
Autonomous funding: The University of Michigan as received 2.7m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to test whether autonomous vehicles can help people drive more efficiently. Most cars used for the study will be electric or feature hybrid technology.
HV-ModAL, NEMO, BioSolar, ZSW.
Modular EV drivetrain system: In the next three years, research partners of the project HV-ModAL hope to create an electric drive train modular system toolbox, which is suitable for a wide range of electric cars from various manufacturers. The project consists of ten partners from the whole automotive value chain and the sciences in Germany, including BMW, Daimler, Bosch and others. The German government is funding the project with 7.5 million euros.
Predicting the grid: A European consortium of German, Danish and Dutch researchers has presented the “NEMO Tool Suite,” a forward looking tool for planning power grids in which renewables are optimally integrated and controllable loads and storage are considered. It is part of the “Novel E-Mobility Grid Model” project aimed at supporting grid operators.
High capacity cathode: U.S. company BioSolar and the University of California, Santa Barbara have filed a joint patent application for their newly developed high capacity cathode. It is said to make full use of anodes’ storage capacity, increasing the capacity and lifespan of li-ion batteries, while lowering costs. Researchers say the technology could potentially breach the 100 dollars per kWh cost barrier.
P2G tender: In a soon to be launched public tendering procedure, German ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung) and partners want to find the location and operator of a power-to-gas (P2G) facility, which could produce hydrogen for over 1,000 fuel-cell vehicles. The state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg is funding the flagship project with 4.5 million euros.
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