Graz researchers improve solid-state Li-Ion conductors
An international research team at the University of Technology in Graz presented a new solid electrolyte for batteries. According to a statement by the university, it shows one of the fastest lithium migration processes ever measured in a lithium-ion conductor. Toyota was also involved in the project.
University of Graz presents robot controlled charging system
Researchers from the Technical University of Graz have developed a robot-controlled fast charging system for electrified vehicles in cooperation with industry partners. The special thing about the system is that it allows for serial charging of vehicles in different parking positions.
MAN, Coventry, TU Graz, AVL, Venice.
Eco heavyweights: MAN Truck & Bus is taking part in the EU project ECOCHAMPS, that wishes to develop hybrid technology for passenger and commercial vehicles. Out of the 26 partners, MAN is looking to build a hybrid bus for cities and hopes to lower cost through the standardisation of components. Its driveline will be compatible with different energy sources, be it a gas generator or fuel cell.
National Battery Prototyping Centre: Coventry is becoming a centre for alternative mobility as plans are revealed to build a competence centre for battery research there. The proposal is backed by politicians, scientists, and industry alike. While the centre would focus on research and development, it could ultimately lead to a large scale local battery production. Still, Coventry seeks money from the government to execute the plans but already got the (idealistic) backing of neighbouring Jaguar Land Rover, that says it wants to build both EVs and batteries in England. Funding decisions will only be made after the General Election.
Another competence centre has been completed in Graz, where the ‘AVL-TU Graz Transmission Center’ offers ample space to research gearbox systems. 750 square metres will see testing of all sorts of transmissions, from hybrid drives to power axles for electric vehicles. It is a unique coupling of corporate and academic forces from which both partners hope to benefit.
Cleaning the lagoon: Venice wants to electrify its water taxi fleet and a new hybrid drive from British REAP may help. It can be retrofitted and works with a carbon drive belt. It is not the first attempt to keep noise and exhaust levels low as Siemens already fully electrified a Venetian vessel with more to come.
Fast Storage BWII, TU Graz, Huawei, Ford.
High-energy storage cells: ZSW is developing novel coating technologies for nickel-based electrodes to be used in super caps. A first demonstration cell is ready, which enables charging and discharging times of less than three seconds, that is a c-rate of 1,200. The research is part of the ‘Fast Storage BWII’ project, that is funded by Baden-Wuerttemberg with 3m euros. The technology may be utilised in hybrid vehicles and electric fork lifts at a later stage.
zsw-bw.de (in German), zsw-bw.de (project)
Battery meets super cap: To combine the high-energy density of batteries with the high-power output of super capacitors in a single system, researchers at TU Graz experiment with a novel redox active ionic liquid that consists of an organic salt. The study is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
tugraz.at, nature.com (paid content)
High temperature battery: Huawei presents a graphene-based Li-ion battery, said to withstand heat of up to 60 degree C and to last twice as long. Apart from graphene, the therrmal advance is aided by an additive in the electrolytes and a modified large-crystal NMC material used for the cathode.
Autonomous car testing in Europe: Ford is to start testing autonomous cars on European roads after having established its self-driving car projects in the USA. There, it will triple its fleet of self-driving Fusion Hybrids by next year.
Airbus, Infinieon, TU Graz, smart charging.
Self-flying electric cab: Airbus presents the Vahana concept, which it also calls a CityAirbus, designed by its A3 subsidiary in Silicon Valley. The copter cab, as we dub it, carries one passenger with no pilot needed and is powered by four electric motors at tilting wings that enable vertical take-off and landing. An airborne prototype is scheduled for the end of next year and a demonstrator shall land by 2020.
Microcontroller for EVs: Infineon’s Aurix microcontroller has been designed for electric vehicles and automated cars. They offer a high level of integration and real time performance, making them faster and safe. The MC are scalable up to 16Mbyte of flash and 6Mbyte of RAM.
Modern fuel cell testing: The fuel cell research centre HyCentA at TU Graz opened a new test infrastructure for fuel-cell systems together with AVL List GmbH. The 2.3m euro test stand allows dynamic operating modes and is open for automotive suppliers as well as fuel cell system producers.
Intelligent charging: A study by the University of California, Irvine concludes that smart charging PEVs minimises the scale of infrastructure needed. With smart charging the required power capacity drops to 16% (from 60%), while V2G could render non-vehicle energy storage systems unnecessary.