Oxis Energy is facing bankruptcy
The British lithium-sulphur battery specialist Oxis Energy is apparently on the verge of going out of business. As the company could not “raise the investment required to continue its product development”, Oxis is now to be wound up and the patents auctioned off.
Bye Aerospace presents 9-seater with serious range
Bye Aerospace has announced an all-electric aircraft with room for up to seven passengers plus one or two pilots. The aircraft, called the eFlyer 800, is said to have already received deposits from customers, however, it remains to be seen when delivery will take place.
Oxis and YdL to integrate Li-S battery in luxury yacht
Yachts de Luxe (YdL) from Singapore wants to build the world’s first luxury boat with lithium-sulfur battery technology and against this background has signed a contract with the Li-S specialist Oxis Energy. Williams Advanced Engineering is also on board as project partner.
Oxis Energy improves Li-S Battery energy density
The British company Oxis Energy has announced that they have improved the energy density of their lithium sulfur battery cells for use in electric aircraft to 425 Wh/kg. By the end of 2019, the manufacturer intends to increase this number to 500 Wh/kg with the help of selected partners.
Oxis Energy begins cell production in Brazil
The British battery specialist OXIS Energy is in the process of opening a manufacturing facility in the Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil. OCIS is aiming to produce batteries for electric buses and planes with their lithium-sulfur technology.
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Tesla exclusive: Elon Musk confirms Panasonic as sole supplier for the cells in the Model S, X, and 3 power packs. Media reports had purported otherwise as the EV maker had ordered cells from Samsung. The latter are most likely destined for the stationery Tesla batteries instead.
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Autonomous electric shuttle: Coventry-based RDM Group presents its self-driving EV that carries up to 8 passengers at 15 mph. The firm claims it has had “massive interest” potentially worth 15m GBP for its pod that may eventually serve at airports or university campuses.
Li-S batteries for scooters: British OXIS Energy partners with Lithium Balance to bring its prototype Lithium-sulfur battery system for electric scooters to China. The current power pack holds 1.2 kWh and is to improve in terms of chemistry and costs in the second half of this year.
Li-ion battery pilot plant: Nano One Materials from Canada is on track to open a pilot factory at the beginning of next year, where it will simulate full scale production of various lithium-ion cathode materials.
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Fitted for EVs: BASF expands its range of engineering plastics for hybrid and electric vehicles. The new Ultramid and Ultradur materials are bound to hug high-voltage connectors tight, thus saving manufacturers weight and installation space.
Super-chilled Li-S battery: Hyperdrive Innovation and Li-sulphur battery developer OXIS Energy are exploring the feasibility of an Ultra-Low Temperature Battery (ULTB), capable of operating in the Antarctic. The project is supported by Innovate UK.
Hybrid cellular nanosheets: South Korean researchers found a way to produce carbon-based hybrid cellular nanosheets, made up of close-packed cubic cavity cells divided by carbon walls. These could be an effective solution to shortcomings of anode materials, as they exhibit high electrochemical performance in many key aspects of the LIB anode.
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Stationary Li-S battery: The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) in the UK has begun a demonstration project in which lithium-sulfur batteries store energy from solar power. Furthermore, these batteries are used to propel an autonomous electric shuttle. OXIS hopes to have the system ready for commercialisation by 2016.
Rare earth prices normalise: Prices for rare-earth metals plunge since China dropped the export tax. It had been raised due to tensions with neighbouring Japan in 2010 but China has lost a case in the World Trade Organisation and had to scrap its quotas. Price are now at levels seen around 2010.
Science made feasible: The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida lets visitors experience new technology first hand as it introduces the Meridian shuttle. It runs electrically and also drives autonomously. Another parts of the experience at MOSI are drones and robots.
Parking prediction is a new system BMW is working on with INRIX. Based on the ConnectedDrive system, the new feature is demonstrated in an i3 and helps to find a parking lot. The Dynamic Parking Prediction uses on-road vehicle movement data to check for parking space availability.