Bosch enters serial production of fuel cells
The German automobile supplier Bosch announced their entry into serial production of fuel cells for trucks and passenger cars. To help accomplish this, the company has entered into a cooperation with the Swedish manufacturer PowerCell Sweden for further development and production of stacks.
Norway commissions high speed hydrogen ferry
Norway is funding a hydrogen-powered high speed ferry and a short-sea freighter through their PILOT-E programme. They awarded a grant to Hyon, a joint venture between Nel, Hexagon Composites and PowerCell Sweden to realise the project together with partners.
SAE J2954/2, PosLX, Tesla, PowerCell.
Wireless standardisation efforts: SAE works tirelessly on norms for wireless charging so the (non-existent) lines will eventually be open to all makes and makers. After the SAE J2954 norm for inductive testing stations has been published, commercial electric vehicles are up next. SAE J2954/2 is to standardise charging with 50 to zu 250 kW. To put all this into practice, SAE International turned to Electrify America, VW’s diesel-gate redemption firm in the States. SAE proposed to install hundreds of wireless charging stations by 2019 because it wants to gain insights from real-life applications.
Korea is now a lithium producing country for the first time. Although it makes most of the world’s Li-ion batteries, it is only with the opening of the PosLX (POSCO Lithium Extraction) plant that Samsung and LG Chem can fall back on domestic supply. About 2,500 tons of lithium carbonate will be processed here by recycling lithium phosphate extracted from waste secondary batteries.
Tesla patents for metail-air tech: No, there are no suitable metal-air batteries for EV just yet but Tesla had been looking into the technology to use it as range extender for example. The electric carmaker obtained a few patents and got another one. This time for charging metal-air batteries.
Swedish fuel cells for Japan: PowerCell announced its plan to do business in Japan with local partner Inabata. The Swedish and Japanese companies will appear together at the FC Expo in Tokyo in March. Inabata will be PowerCell’s distributor.
IBM & ASELSAN, PowerCell, Toyota Boshoku, Sumitomo.
Metal-Air battery deal: Turkish defense company ASELSAN and IBM have agreed to jointly develop Metal-Air batteries for EVs. The companies aim at increasing EV range to 500 miles (800 kilometers), but did not deliver a time schedule for the batteries.
Swedish fuel cells for Asia: Fuel cell specialist PowerCell Sweden has set up a presence in South Korea under the name of PowerCell Korea. High demand for large fuel cell systems as well as the expected arrival of Kia and Hyundai FCVs are behind the Swedes commitment to South Korea.
Mirai coming together: Toyota Boshoku has started the production of titanium separators which are to be used in Toyota’s upcoming Mirai. The production technologies used for the fuel cells originally stem from the production of motor core components for hybrid systems.
Reconstruction effort: Sumitomo Metal Mining plans to build a new plant for the production of anodes for Li-ion batteries in Nahara, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, where the evacuation plan is about to be lifted. The plant will supply materials for Tesla batteries made by Panasonic.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who told German magazine Spiegel that at one point, he plans to open a battery plant in Germany.
spiegel.de (in German)
North Carolina State University, PowerCell, NUI Galway, ORNL.
Exact range indicator: A new software developed at the North Carolina State University is said to be able to calculate an EV’s range more exactly than others. It uses multiple online databases and considers factors such as road grades, traffic levels, speed limits and even the weather.
Fuel cell REx from Sweden: The Volvo Group spinout PowerCell receives 7 million Krona (963,000 USD) in funding from the Swedish energy agency, in order to develop a modular and scalable fuel cell system for commercial vehicles. It is supposed to be used as a range extender for three different vehicle sizes, ranging from 3.5 to 18 tons.
Ireland will head the Shell Eco-marathon for the first time next year. The National University Ireland, Galway, has designed the country’s most fuel-efficient car. The Geec (Galway energy-efficient car) can travel about 180 kilometres on just one euro worth of energy.
Seperator research: Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laborator have discovered a “promising candidate” for the separator in aqueous lithium batteries. They report that a cubic garnet material (LLZO) is highly stable as a Li-stable solid electrolyte in neutral and strongly basic solutions.
greencarcongress.com, ornl.gov, sciencedaily.com
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Most clicked Link on Wednesday was Arcimoto´s new three-wheeled EV, which qualifies as a motorcycle.
DHL France, PowerCell, Air Products.
DHL enlarges EV fleet: The logistics company has just added the ‘Colibus’ to its fleet in Bordeaux. This electric transporter built in Auch, France, can carry up to 750 kilos, has a range of 120 kilometres and reaches a top speed of 80 kph. The addition of the Colibus brings DHL’s count of all-electric vehicles in its French fleet up to six.
journalauto.com (In French), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)
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New automotive fuel cell stack: PowerCell, a Volvo spin-off developing fuel cell technology, is about to finalise its second generation (S2) fuel cell stack platform. The S2 covers a power range up to 25 kW and can be used in stationary but also automotive applications as it is very compact.
Mobile H2 charging truck: Air Products launched a lorry capable of transporting hydrogen at a pressure of up to 350 bar. The ‘SmartFuel’ tube trailer can also operate as a mobile fueling station and will be used to support the hydrogen fuel cell bus programme in London.