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Posts By: Tom Spendlove

Farasis and Group14 say their silicon-carbon anode delivers 330 Wh/kg

Farasis Energy and Group14 Technologies have developed a new silicon-based anode for an EV-scale battery. In cells built and tested by Farasis using Group14’s silicon-carbon anode material SCC55, the company says it can reach a specific energy of 330 Wh/kg (750 Wh/L energy density) in typical automotive cells, and deliver more than 1,000 charge-discharge cycles…. Read more »

Renault acquires 21% stake in electric motor company Whylot

Renault has acquired a 21% minority stake in electric motor company Whylot. Renault previously signed a partnership with Whylot to develop a large-scale axial-flow e-motor. This technology will be applied to electrified powertrains with the objective of reducing costs and emissions.  “We are delighted to take a further step in our relationship with Whylot, a… Read more »

KIT researchers’ two-layer electrodes are simultaneously coated and dried

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed and tested a new concept for simultaneous coating and drying of two-layered electrodes. Drying times can be reduced to less than 20 seconds—one half to one third of the usual production time—without capacity losses.  The institute continues to focus its research on coating and subsequent… Read more »

Factorial Energy and Hyundai partner to test solid-state battery technology

Factorial Energy and Hyundai are partnering to test Factorial’s solid-state battery technology and its implementation in Hyundai EVs. The companies will integrate Factorial’s technology at the cell, module and system levels, perform vehicle-level integration, and co-develop specifications for manufacturing Factorial’s batteries.  Factorial’s FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) platform leverages a proprietary solid electrolyte material that… Read more »

NI and EA Elektro-Automatik partner to accelerate battery testing

National Instruments (NI) has announced a collaboration with German power supply manufacturer EA Elektro-Automatik to offer bidirectional power supplies that support battery cycling and power-level tests. EA’s power supplies will be integrated into NI’s software-connected toolchain as part of NI’s power electronics.  Integrating EA’s devices into NI’s toolchain gives test engineers and lab managers more… Read more »

BAE launches propulsion system for the marine market

BAE Systems has launched its next-generation power and propulsion system for the marine market. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to minimize emissions by improving electrical efficiency and vessel range, increasing propulsion power, and simplifying installation. Work on the HybriGen System will be conducted at the company’s facility in Endicott, New York. The… Read more »

Keysight partners with Proventia to create battery testing systems

Keysight Technologies is partnering with environmental technology company Proventia to develop battery testing systems. Each company is contributing key features to the jointly-developed test lab infrastructure. Keysight’s Scienlab battery testing system is designed for batteries up to 1,500 V. It uses high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) technology, and achieves an energy recovery capability of 96%. Keysight’s… Read more »

Sensata’s new i-BMS handles applications up to 60 volts

Sensata Technologies’s new i-BMS battery management system for applications up to 60 V is now available. The new system is a cell-chemistry-agnostic, compact, integrated BMS developed for the cost-optimized mass-production of applications such as two- and three-wheelers, automated guided vehicles and robotics. Hot-swap functionality and parallel battery pack support allow for the ability to quickly… Read more »

BorgWarner will supply 800 V SiC inverter to German automaker

BorgWarner will provide a high-voltage silicon carbide inverter to an unnamed German automaker for implementation in its EVs. The BorgWarner 800 V SiC inverter with proprietary power switches provides a compact and efficient power module designed to deliver higher EV range and enhanced driving performance. The inverter uses a scalable power switch for 800 V… Read more »

ORNL scientists use electrochemical pulse to overcome contact impedance

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries. One of the challenges in manufacturing solid-state batteries is the difficulty of getting materials to properly join and remain stable during repeated cycles of charging and discharging. Scientists studying methods to overcome this contact… Read more »