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. Weiterlesen
Delta Motorsport, Silicon Mobility, Heraeus, ARPA-E.
Micro range extender for race cars: Delta Motorsport presented a range extender with micro-turbine technology at the LCV2016. It is the result of a recent research project and the prototype delivers 17 kW. Sport car manufactures Ariel and Morgan have already voiced their interests and have signed up to develop a 35 kW version.
Microcontroller for EVs: Silicon Mobility presented its new microcontroller OLEA T222 for hybrid and electric powertrain controls. It is said to enable carmakers to reduce the size of the electric motor without losing output or performance.
Extending range with additives? A newly developed porous carbon powder by Heraeus is said to increase capabilities and power capacity of Li-ion batteries by about 20 percent, as first tests have shown. That would make it especially interesting for the electric/hybrid automotive market.
Funding innovation: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy has given a total of 37m dollars to 16 research projects that a looking into improving solid-state batteries as well as fuel cell technology. The programme is called Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS).