Britishvolt extends R&D deal with University of Warwick
Britishvolt has extended its contract with WMG, University of Warwick, to develop battery cell technologies and accelerate the route to market, in a multi-million-pound deal. Following an initial 12-month project, Britishvolt and WMG are now embarking on a two-year programme of work.
Triumph presents electric motorbike prototype
The British brand Triumph Motorcycles has presented the prototype of an electric motorbike, the TE-1. The machine was developed in a joint project with Williams Advanced Engineering and the University of Warwick. Now the TE-1 is to be tested for six months.
Sprint Power trials wireless charging in the UK
Sprint Power is leading what they say is a multi-million-pound UK government-backed project that aims to demonstrate the suitability of wireless charging technology for fleet vehicles. The trials will start next month for 6-8 months in Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick.
Project RECOVAS to commercialise battery reuse in UK
A British consortium looks to establish a circular end-of-life supply chain ending in the UK’s first recycling facility for automotive battery packs on a commercial scale. Granted support through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), project RECOVAS collects most of Britain’s remaining automotive players and specialists.
Warwick Uni gives Jaguar I-Pace batteries 2nd Life
Researchers from Warwick University have succeeded in repurposing Jaguar I-Pace batteries as a small energy storage system. Each unit contains about 2 kWh energy capacity, and can power “a small shop, a farm, or multiple residential homes,” claims the team.
HiPoLiT, University of Warwick, Small Business Vouchers, Forze VII.
German consortium HiPoLiT (High Power Lithium Technology) is researching Li-ion batteries capable of fast-charging and with a higher energy density for use in mobile and stationary energy storage systems. It includes the MEET Battery Research Centre (Münster), Johnson Matthey, BMZ, Torqeddo, Liacon and Fraunhofer ISIT and is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research with 2m euros.
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Battery research at Warwick: The Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick has opened its doors. Said to be the first of its kind in Europe, it includes a testing facility for electric and hybrid drives. It will also look into new battery cell technology, combining the three areas of energy storage, energy management, and complex electrical systems.
U.S. accelerates firms: As part of the first round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked 6.7m dollars to bring together 33 small businesses with researchers at its nine department laboratories in order to push the commercialisation of green technologies. That also includes battery and fuel cell technologies.
News on the track: The hydrogen-powered Forze VII, developed by students at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has a maximum output of 200 kW, while the electric motors are powered by a 100 kW fuel cell. It can go from 0-100 kph in under four seconds and has a top speed of 210 kph. Its predecessor set the record for hydrogen and electric cars at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife last year.