TaxiBot, Aalto University, Battery innovations, GaN Systems.
TaxiBot in operation: The hybrid tow tractor which had been tested at Frankfurt Airport since last year (we reported) is now being used in real flight operations. The 800-hp TaxiBot is soon to be developed into an even stronger model, able to tow a Boeing 747 or Airbus A380.
Finnish fuel cell research: A team at Aalto University has developed a new electrocatalyst for fuel cells, which is said to be as efficient as platinum but more cost-effective. It is made from iron and carbon as well as graphene.
EV battery prize: The UK government will launch a new competition worth 10 million pounds this April for innovations in battery design for the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). A winner is to be named already this summer.
Canada invests in clean tech: GaN Systems from Ottawa has been rewarded 2,188,000 dollars by the government to maximise the efficiency of EV chargers connected to smart grids. The grant is part of an investment round totalling over 26.8 million dollars going to clean tech companies.
TaxiBot, Samsung SDI, Envia Systems, CALEB & CalBattery.
A hybrid towtruck for plane taxiing is currently being tested by Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport. The airline believes the diesel-electric TaxiBot could be approved in about two months as it already has passed the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) test. Once certified, the semi-electric taxiing could save up to 1.9 million euros (2.57m dollars) a year at the airport alone, Lufthansa said.
Samsung future-safe: On its website, the Korean manufacturer is giving an outlook on energy density. According to that, Samsung SDI will increase the energy of its nickel-cobalt-manganese cells from 130 to 250 Wh/kg by 2019. At the turn of the decade, it plans to have lithium-air batteries ready.
samsungsdi.com via insideevs.com
7.7-million dollar contract: The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), jointly operated by Chrysler, Ford and GM, awarded a 7.7-million dollar contract to Envia Systems. The company will use the money for developing high-energy cathode and anode material in the next three years.
Californian battery JV: CALEB Technology and California Lithium Battery (CalBattery) plan to form a joint venture to produce Li-ion batteries for consumer electronic devices and power tools. Batteries for EVs are planned for the second generation with the first gen expected to arrive by 2016.
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