Posts By: Miles Gopie

Tydrolyte releases low-corrosion, low-toxicity electrolyte alternative for lead-acid batteries

Electrolyte specialist Tydrolyte has released an electrolyte intended to replace the sulfuric acid found in lead-acid batteries. It claims that the patent-pending electrolyte is well suited for start-stop batteries, offers lower hold currents and water losses and is less toxic than sulfuric acid. Start-stop batteries must induce 100 times as many engine ignitions as a conventional… Read more »

Canada funds Nano One’s Li-ion durability improvement research

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) has granted Nano One’s “Coatings for High Durability Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes” project $349,000 in non-dilutive and non-repayable funds. The project is intended to study various coatings and dopants that can reduce or remove instabilities in cathode materials. Nano One intends to focus its resources… Read more »

Rolls-Royce unveils marine battery system

Rolls-Royce has released SAVe Energy, a Li-ion battery system designed for ships. Rolls-Royce has provided energy storage systems since 2010, but it previously depended on third parties for the battery packs. The new system is liquid-cooled and modular to accommodate different vessel classes and requirements. Along with The Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX funding,… Read more »

University of Michigan researchers develop non-combustible, non-degrading ceramic electrolyte

Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a solid-state electrolyte which they claim is non-combustible (which is good, because it’s heated to over 1,800° F during manufacturing!) and not vulnerable to dendrite formation due to a stabilizing ceramic layer. The electrolyte has special properties that allow for increased capacities and faster charging rates as well. Current… Read more »

ZAF to use $300,000 grant to increase production of nickel-zinc batteries

Nickel-zinc (NiZn) specialist ZAF Energy Systems has received $300,000, the first installment of a $600,000 investment from Missouri’s Department of Economic Development. With the new funding, ZAF will increase production capacity to meet the increasing demand for its NiZn batteries. The company claims that the batteries have double the storage capacity and triple the power… Read more »

AKASOL begins mass production of batteries for Mercedes eCitaro electric bus

This fall, AKASOL is set to begin mass producing batteries for Mercedes-Benz’s eCitaro. AKASOL’s first-generation battery systems will contain ten battery modules for up to 243 kWh per vehicle and a charging rate of up to 300 kW. In order to make this possible, AKASOL uses a water-cooling system to keep its batteries at 25° C in various… Read more »

Ricardo announces 48 V e-motor with improved power density

As per the goals of the European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS (ECOCHAMPS) project, Ricardo Innovations has developed a new 48 V e-motor and inverter combination that it says delivers a 50% power density increase compared to alternatives. ECOCHAMPS brought 25 European commercial and academic partners together to design powertrains with at least… Read more »

Tokyo Tech introduces fabrication process for low-resistance solid-state batteries

Solid-state batteries are theoretically safer, more stable, and have higher energy densities than conventional Li-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. Unfortunately, they also tend to have relatively high resistance at the interfaces between their electrodes and solid electrolytes, which can limit the rate of charging and discharging. In order to solve this, researchers from the Tokyo… Read more »

Sila Nano raises $70 million in funding for silicon-dominant battery anodes

Battery specialist Sila Nanotechnologies has received $70 million in Series D funding from Sutter Hill Ventures, Next47 (backed by Siemens), and Amperex. Sila Nano will use the funding for the development and commercialization of its silicon-dominant anodes. Overall, Sila has raised $125 million from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Chengwei Capital, Matrix Partners, Samsung, and… Read more »