Phinergy entered JV for metal-air batteries in China
There is a new battery joint venture in the making in China. Yunnan Aluminium has turned to fellow Chinese Shanghai Zuoyong New Energy Technology and Israeli Phinergy. Together they want to make metal-air batteries under the name of Yunnan Phinergy Chuang Neng Metal Air Battery.
Formula E, Phinergy, NASA, Kongsberg Automotive.
Formula E gets faster: FIA published the adjusted technical regulations for the upcoming season of the ePrix. Peak power output has been increased from 200 to 250 kW and maximal battery weight from 200 to 230 kg. The permitted race energy, however, remains the same, at 28 kWh.
Cash injection for aluminium-air battery: Israeli battery start-up Phinergy received another 50m dollars for the development of its aluminium-air battery. Aluminium manufacturer Alcoa contributed 10m dollars. Phinergy has been able to raise a total of 288m dollars to date.
Hybrids take flight: The NASA Glenn Research Center is working on hybridising passenger airplanes, hoping to decrease the use of kerosene by up to 30 percent. Considering that U.S. airlines alone annually use 8.9bn tons of fuel, adding electric motors could make a significant difference.
On board Charger for PHEVs: Kongsberg Automotive received an order for On Board Chargers (OBC) for new plug-in hybrids form an anonymous Chinese manufacturer. The deal is worth 49m euros over seven years. Production is said to kick off in 2018.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Phinergy.
Video tip: Hyundai presents its Tucson Fuel Cell (aka ix35 Fuel Cell) in a short clip. The FCV is now being offered to carefully selected retail customers in the U.S.
Reading tip: Markkus Rovito clearly evokes a sense of “history in the making” when looking at Phinergy, manufacturer of aluminium-air batteries. The Israeli start-up certainly made headlines and had U.S. president Obama’s undivided attention.
RWTH Aachen, Phinergy, Renault, Toyota.
Engineering e-mobility: The German RWTH Aachen University has now founded the ‘Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components.’ There, students will learn to produce electric drive trains, batteries and other EV components. Professor Achim Kampker presides over the new course of study. He is also the CEO of StreetScooter, an electric delivery van company. For RWTH it is the second EV effort, complementing its recently opened Centre for EV production.
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High-energy aluminium-air batteries: Together, Israel-based Phinergy and Alcoa want to develop aluminum-air batteries. Phinergy says its batteries would have an increased lifespan and can power an electric car for up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
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Next Two details: ‘Greencarcongress’ has more details about Renault’s autonomous electric car of 2020. The Next Two prototype is based on the Zoe and is able to drive autonomously in congested traffic at speeds of up to 30 kph or at automated valet parking. The driver can then make use of the integrated video-conference service for example.
Unintentional winter testing: The latest arctic spells over the USA and Canada saw Toyota’s fuel cell cars being put to the test. According to reports from companies using the FCHV in their fleets, the cars worked just fine in sub-zero conditions.