Partners in the ‘RoSiLIB’ project are developing new anodes for lithium-ion batteries. This is to enable the manufacturing of large-format high-energy battery cells in the future, which cannot be produced with the previous anode materials with high energy density.
At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in Germany, materials researchers are developing hydrogen storage systems based on light metal hydrides. Now they have published a new concept with which these hydrogen storage systems could be refilled five times faster at a working temperature below 180 degrees.
Increased energy density: Researchers at KIT and Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) developed a new cathode material based on a new storage principle for Li-ion batteries. The new system is said to deliver higher energy storage density. alphagalileo.org, kit.edu
Battery start-up recharged: Hoover millionaire Sir James Dyson will invest 15 million dollars in the solid state battery company Sakti3, spun out of the University of Michigan. Another 5 million dollars will come from the latest round of investment, which included GM. The money is to be used for the commercialisation of the Sakti3 solid state battery (we reported). electric-vehiclenews.com, technologyreview.com, freep.com
Semiconductor competence: Osram Opto Semiconductors and the TU Braunschweig have developed a competence centre for semiconductors. The ‘epitaxy competence center ec²’ is to foster the use of Gallium-Nitride technology in Germany. elektroniknet.de (in German)
Lithium-sulphur research: Researchers from Korean Hanyang University and University of Maryland developed a sulphur-carbon nanotube that promises high sulphur utilisation, high Coulombic efficiency, and long cycle life in Li-sulphur batteries. greencarcongress.com
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Most clicked link on Monday was the Short Circuit and one Australian’s nifty approach on turning a Toyota Prius into a mobile home. heraldsun.com.au
Lithium-air research: Within the project ABILE (Air Batteries with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes), researchers from the BMW Group and the Universities of Rome, Münster and Seoul have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries. The energy efficiency could be increased to 82 percent in a coin cell, compared with 60 to 70 percent for most existing Li-air batteries. greencarcongress.com
New battery research centre: The German state of Baden-Württemberg has invested 12 million euros in a research facility at the Helmholz Institute in Ulm. The new laboratories will enable the institute and its partners, the University of Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research and the German Aerospace Centre to work together even more closely. stuttgarter-zeitung.de, idw-online.de, uni-ulm.de (all articles in German)
Johnson Matthey buys Clariant’s LFP business: The largest producer of hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) worldwide has agreed to sell its Energy Storage business. For 75 million dollars, Johnson Matthey will take over the manufacturing plant in Canada, as well as the R&D and pilot plan in Germany. JM had already bought A123 System’s cathode factory in China in September. greencarcongress.com, finanzen.net
Unsinkable e-boat: The Quadrofoil resembles a jet ski and supposedly makes you “fly above water.” Starting next year, it will be available starting at 15,000 euros for a version with a 3.7 kW motor, 4.5 kWh battery and 50 km range. There is also a limited edition with 100 km range priced at 22,500 euros. technologicvehicles.com (with video)