German rescue service ADAC testing VTOL
The German ADAC Luftrettung, that is the air rescue service, is planning to test manned electric multi-copters as rescue vehicles in two states in Germany, namely Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate. Volocopter’s electric VTOL will be used for the pilot.
ZSW, Berkeley Lab, LMU Munich, Bolt.
Cheaper Li-ion batteries: Researchers at the German ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung) have developed a new cathode material for Li-ion batteries. The lithium nickel manganese oxide obtained up to 40 percent higher energy density than existing materials and is more cost-effective, according to ZSW.
zsw-bw.de (in German)
Berkeley Lab rewarded: Eight million dollars in funding habe been awarded to Berkeley Lab for two new research efforts by the Department of Energy. One is to find new materials for hydrogen storage and another for optimising fuel-cell performance and durability.
Light to hydrogen: German chemists have introduced a new class of porous organic materials that can be used for light-driven production of hydrogen gas. The so-called covalent organic frameworks (COFs) work well in molecular engineering.
Kickstart the Bolt M-1 as it is asking for funding on Indiegogo. The electric two-wheeler hovers between a scooter and motorcycle (we reported) and it looks as if that mix appeals. Already, 160,000 dollars of the required 200,000 have been collected with another 20 days left.
indiegogo.com (campaign) via insideevs.com
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