Posts By: Tom Lombardo

Pensana plans $125-million rare earth separation facility in England

Pensana plans to build a $125-million sustainable rare earth separation facility at the Saltend Chemicals Park in Humber, UK. Targeted annual production is around 12,500 tons of rare earth oxides, including 4,500 tons of magnet metal rare earth oxides (NdPr), which would represent approximately 5% of the 2025 projected world demand. The Saltend plant will… Read more »

Factorial Energy unveils 40 Ah solid-state EV battery cell

Factorial Energy has introduced what it says is the first 40 Ah solid-state EV battery cell.  The Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST) is a proprietary solid electrolyte material designed to enable safe and reliable cell performance with high-voltage and high-energy-density electrodes. Solid electrolytes like FEST are considered safer than conventional lithium-ion technology, as they replace… Read more »

Airbus boosts cryogenic technology testing for electric aircraft systems

Airbus is developing a testing platform called Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electric propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, which reduces power loss in conductors. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at… Read more »

Report: Indonesia to overtake China as top nickel producer this year

Materials supply chain intelligence company Roskill expects Indonesia to become the world’s largest producer of refined nickel this year, pushing China to second place. As recently as 2014, Indonesia produced only 24 kilotons of refined nickel. In 2020, Indonesia produced 636 kt of refined nickel, most of which was nickel pig iron (NPI) for the… Read more »

Donaldson expands battery venting product line with Dual-Stage Flex resealable vent

Donaldson has expanded its dual-stage battery pack vent line with the addition of the Dual-Stage Flex battery vent. The new battery vent enables pressure relief at lower pressures, helping support battery life and reliability. EV weight can be reduced by using thinner battery pack walls, but thin walls can’t withstand higher pressures within the battery… Read more »

Williams Advanced Engineering partners with Italdesign for EV production

Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) have announced a partnership that will provide the automotive sector with a complete high-performance EV production solution.  Combining WAE’s composite EV rolling chassis with vehicle development services from Italdesign, the joint venture will support automotive OEMs in the creation of a range of premium EVs, including high-performance GTs, crossovers… Read more »

WAFIOS introduces SpeedFormer bending process for hairpin prototyping and production

WAFIOS has introduced the SpeedFormer, a new approach to the production of hairpins for EV motors. SpeedFormer combines three bending techniques from conventional wire and tube bending machines into one system. One of the bending techniques has been used for decades in WAFIOS CNC spring and wire forming machines and has now been modified and… Read more »

Allison Transmission to supply Emergency One with electric axles

Allison Transmission and Emergency One have agreed to integrate the Allison eGen Power 100D electric axle into Emergency One’s fire rescue and emergency vehicle platform. This builds on a successful current relationship, under which 90% of the units Emergency One sells are equipped with an Allison automatic transmission. The eGen Power 100D electric axle, the… Read more »

EconCore develops new honeycomb core panels for battery protection and EV applications

EconCore has developed new honeycomb cores for laminated sandwich panels made with SABIC’s NORYL GTX resin. The new honeycomb core is designed to provide higher heat performance, better dimensional stability and lower water absorption compared to honeycomb structures made with traditional thermoplastics. SABIC says the new core material can be used in EV applications and,… Read more »

SVOLT to scale production of batteries with Soteria’s safety tech

SVOLT will begin commercialization of lithium-ion batteries using safety technology from Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), which, the company says, eliminates the root cause of thermal runaway and improves battery safety.      SVOLT’s new portfolio, which will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2021, uses thin metalized film current collectors that improve energy density… Read more »