Posts By: Ryan Austin

Alliance Ventures invests in Chinese charging platform startup PowerShare

Alliance Ventures, the venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested an undisclosed amount in PowerShare, an EV charging platform startup based in China. PowerShare, which received investment from BP Ventures just weeks before this latest investment, offers an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators, and power suppliers. The startup’s cloud-based system enables… Read more »

PolyPlus and SK Innovation to develop glass-protected lithium metal battery

PolyPlus, a Californian company that’s developing a rechargeable lithium metal battery with a conductive glass separator, has entered a development agreement with Korean energy and chemical company SK Innovation. The collaboration is focused on PolyPlus’s solid-state lithium anode laminate. The companies’ initial goal is to produce and test prototype cells to demonstrate increased volumetric and… Read more »

Startup Chargeway launches kiosks to showcase EV charging options

Chargeway, a software startup that has developed a simple visual language for charging and selling EVs, has launched a digital kiosk to be placed in auto dealerships and EV showcases. The kiosks, called Chargeway Beacons, are designed to educate potential EV buyers on the various available public charging options. The kiosks will be showcased at… Read more »

Wärtsilä to deliver hybrid retrofit for short-sea shipping vessel

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with shipping company Hagland Shipping to provide a hybrid retrofit installation onboard the Hagland Captain cargo vessel. Wärtsilä’s hybrid system is built around an integrated module that combines engines, batteries, power electronics, and an energy management system (EMS). The hybrid system for the Hagland Captain will also include… Read more »

American Manganese begins pilot of battery recycling plant

American Manganese is developing a recycling process for Li-ion batteries, and processing partner Kemetco Research has begun processing a sample of cathode scrap material at the company’s pilot plant. The pilot plant will operate in five stages: Pre-treatment of cathode material Leach of active material Purification Recovery of base metals (e.g., nickel, cobalt, manganese) Lithium… Read more »

Tallahassee to purchase 22 electric buses to service Florida State University

The city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, StarMetro, has agreed to purchase 22 electric transit buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer of electric transit buses, to service Florida State University (FSU). The 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses bring StarMetro’s electric fleet up to 27 buses. The 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC buses will serve FSU’s Seminole Express… Read more »

DOE to provide $30 million for new data science approaches in chemistry and material sciences

The DOE has announced plans to provide $30 million for new research that uses modern data science approaches to accelerate discovery in energy-related chemistry and materials sciences. National laboratories, universities, nonprofits, and companies will be eligible to apply for the three-year awards, which will be selected via peer review. The Basic Energy Sciences program in… Read more »

Meritor hopes to put 130 heavy-duty electric trucks on the road by 2020

Auto parts manufacturer Meritor has announced it has 22 electrification programs with OEMs, and expects to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road by the end of 2020. Among the 130 commercial vehicles, 60 received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort… Read more »

KAIST research team develops stable, high-rate Li-S batteries

A research team from South Korean research university KAIST has developed stable, high-rate lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) by using hierarchically porous titanium nitride (h-TiN) as a sulfur host. In a paper in the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers report that h-TiN/S shows a reversible capacity of 557 mAh g-1 even after 1,000 cycles at 5 C rate with only… Read more »

Boeing completes test flight of autonomous electric passenger aircraft

Boeing has completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems. Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight as well as the transition phase between vertical… Read more »