Posts By: Tom Lombardo

Infineon’s new silicon carbide power module for EVs

At its virtual PCIM booth (July 1-3), Infineon Technologies will present the EasyPACK module with CoolSiC automotive MOSFET technology, a 1,200 V half-bridge module with an 8 mΩ/150 A current rating. With the introduction of the CoolSiC automotive MOSFET technology into the EasyPACK, Infineon is expanding the range of uses for the module family to… Read more »

California makes VW funds available for zero-emission freight and marine projects

The California Air Resources Board has announced that the first installment of $35 million in VW Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects throughout California is now available via a competitive solicitation. A second solicitation offering an additional $35 million is expected to be released in mid-2022. Eligible projects: Scrap and replace… Read more »

Henkel introduces liquid gap filler for automotive and power conversion electronics

Henkel has announced the debut of its latest thermal interface material (TIM), Bergquist Gap Filler TGF 7000. The liquid TIM combines high thermal conductivity of 7.0 W/mK with a dispensing speed of 18 grams per second. The material is designed for applications such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), power conversion systems, electric pumps and electronic… Read more »

EIB lends €125 million to Umicore for battery materials production in Poland

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €125-million loan to Umicore, the Belgian-based global materials technology and recycling group, to finance part of a greenfield production facility for cathode materials in Poland. The cathode materials will be supplied to battery manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries that are primarily used in EVs.   The EIB loan will… Read more »

Volkswagen increases stake in battery specialist QuantumScape

Volkswagen is increasing its stake in QuantumScape, making an additional investment of up to $200 million in the US battery specialist. “We are making technological progress with our partner QuantumScape. The additional investment will effectively strengthen and accelerate our joint development work,” said VW Chairman Thomas Schmall. Volkswagen and QuantumScape have been collaborating in a… Read more »

Battery500 Consortium steadily increases energy density and cycle life of Li-metal cells

Launched in 2017, the Battery500 Consortium is a multi-institution program working to develop next-generation lithium metal anode cells delivering gravimetric energy density of up to 500 Wh/kg. The Battery500 team is composed of scientists and engineers from four national laboratories and five universities. Two of the researchers on the team, Professor Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton… Read more »

DOE solicits proposals for battery manufacturing innovations

The DOE is soliciting proposals from the national laboratories and industry partners to pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. The agency will directly fund the national labs to establish public-private partnerships that solve engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling and accelerating the adoption of new… Read more »

Battery modeling among new features in Ricardo Software’s new release

The second of Ricardo Software’s quarterly product releases for 2020 adds new capabilities in the area of EV powertrains. Both the Ricardo VECTIS CFD package and IGNITE complex systems modeling product now provide solutions for optimizing battery systems. These include modeling of the detailed heat exchange and cell degradation that occurs through use and storage.  … Read more »

Linear Labs to build new electric motor plant in Texas

The city of Fort Worth and electric motor company Linear Labs have signed a $68.9-million economic incentive package. Linear Labs plans to secure a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to support thousands of new, skilled jobs over the next 10 years. The research and production center will create electric motors for EVs, robotics, HVAC and last-mile micromobility,… Read more »