Posts By: Ryan Austin

Imec doubles energy density of its Li-metal batteries to 400 Wh/liter

Imec, a Belgian research firm focused on nanoelectronics, has unveiled a solid-state Li-metal battery cell with an energy density of 400 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours). As part of a larger engineering roadmap for solid-state batteries, imec aims to surpass wet Li-ion battery performance and reach 1,000 Wh/L at 2-3C by… Read more »

OXIS Energy to establish plant in Wales for mass production of Li-S cells

Oxford-based OXIS Energy has announced it will establish a manufacturing plant for the production of electrolyte and cathode active material specifically for the mass production of lithium-sulfur cells. OXIS will produce the electrolyte and cathode active material at the plant, which is currently at Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 8. Oxis will build the plant at… Read more »

DOE announces $89 million in grants for energy storage manufacturing technologies

The DOE has announced it will award $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing R&D projects. This DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically requests proposals in three areas: 1.Innovations for Manufacturing Advanced Materials: Focuses on employing machine learning to develop better batteries, phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications, and new semiconductors that… Read more »

VW to install 140 fast chargers at Berlin supermarkets

Volkswagen has partnered with the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains, which are owned by the Schwarz Group, to install 140 public charging stations at 60 Lidl and 10 Kaufland locations around Berlin. VW says these 140 chargers will expand the public charging infrastructure in the city by almost 20%. VW is launching an electric car… Read more »

Study explores lightweighting potential of structural foam in vehicle bodies

In a joint study, German chemicals company Henkel and engineering consultancy RLE International have examined the potential of high-performance structural foam for lightweighting in automotive body and closure parts. Henkel says the study shows that fiber-reinforced polymer components with structural foam ribbing and reinforcements can save more than 40 kg of weight per car compared… Read more »

Rockwell Automation opens EV Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

Rockwell Automation has opened a new 8,000-square-foot Electric Vehicle Innovation Center within an existing development facility in San Jose, California. The center will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilizing new technology, and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell partners. Using augmented and virtual reality modeling, Rockwell hopes the EV Innovation Center will… Read more »

Siemens sells electric aircraft propulsion business to Rolls-Royce

Siemens is set to sell its eAircraft unit to Rolls-Royce – the companies expect the move to take place in late 2019. Siemens eAircraft develops electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. At locations in Munich and Erlangen in Germany as well as Budapest, Hungary, it cooperates with partners such as Airbus to… Read more »

Despite weak EV sales, total battery capacity increased 69% YOY in April 2019

Despite weak EV sales growth in April 2019 compared to the same month the year prior, total battery capacity deployed in newly-sold EVs increased markedly over the same period, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity Monthly. While total EV sales increased just 19.6% over the previous April, the industry deployed over 6.7 GWh of… Read more »

Natron Energy to add sodium-ion batteries to fast charging station at UC San Diego

Natron Energy, a developer of sodium-ion batteries, has received a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to manufacture and install an energy storage system at a fast charging station on the University of California San Diego’s campus. Natron says the project will result in a cost-competitive, at-scale alternative to Li-ion batteries and offer… Read more »

Electric marine propulsion system can save $1.7 million in fuel costs annually

An independent study for ABB by marine consultancy Deltamarin has found that the ABB Azipod electric propulsion system for ferries could save up to $1.7 million in annual fuel costs per vessel. By simulating a transit on seven existing ferry routes, researchers found that a ferry equipped with twin 10 MW mid-power range Azipod units… Read more »