Smart Urban Vehicle, electrolysis, solar car, trilithium niobate.
Smart Urban Vehicle: ZF TRW presents a compact electric car that combines technology of both recently merged companies. The Smart Urban Vehicle has a 6.5 metre turning circle and parks automatically even without a driver. Two electric motors (40 kW) sit on the rear axle and are powered by a traction battery. Top speed is 150 kph.
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Wind-to-hydrogen plant: The world’s biggest PEM installation now stands in German Mainz. The 6 MW electrolysis facility could power 2,000 fuel cell cars, storing excess energy from wind in hydrogen. The 17-million euro project was undertaken by Siemens, Stadtwerke Mainz, Linde, and the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences.
1,000-kilometre range is reached by the new solar car from Eindhoven University of Technology. The Stella Lux precedes the 2013 Stella and doubles previous range. Built by students, the EV seats four and generates more electricity than it uses.
New cathode material: Japanese researchers from i.e. the R&D Center at GS Yuasa are looking at trilithium niobate materials as electrode materials for lithium batteries. About 300 mAh⋅g−1 of high-reversible capacity at 50°C was observed, which partly comes from charge compensation by solid-state redox of oxide ions.