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Posts By: Tom Spendlove

FREYR and Koch Strategic Platforms to build 50 GWh battery plant

FREYR Battery has formed a joint venture with Koch Strategic Platforms (KSP) to develop an initial 50 GWh of battery cell manufacturing capacity in the US based on 24M Technologies’ SemiSolid platform technology. KSP and FREYR have invested $70 million in convertible notes with 24M. 24M’s SemiSolid technology reduces the number of steps required to… Read more »

Solid-state battery firm LiNa secures £3.5 million in seed funding

LiNa Energy has closed a £3.5-million ($4.78-million) late seed funding round. LiNa is commercializing a cobalt- and lithium-free solid-state sodium battery. The company claims its design has the potential to exceed the performance of both lithium-ion and sodium-ion technologies at a cost of less than $50/kWh.  The funding, along with recently obtained grant money, enables… Read more »

Allegro’s new gate driver reduces cooling fan noise and vibration

Allegro MicroSystems has introduced the new A89307 automotive-qualified gate driver integrated circuit (IC). Designed for battery cooling fans and HVAC systems in EVs and hybrids, the A89307 offers ultra-low noise and vibration by using a Field Oriented Control (FOC) algorithm to drive continuous sinusoidal current to the load. The company claims its algorithm can help… Read more »

BorgWarner receives $4.97 million from DOE to develop SUPER inverter

BorgWarner is the recipient of a $4.97 million DOE award for the development of a Scalable Ultra Power-dense Extended Range (SUPER) inverter. This project is one of 24 university and industry-led projects that collectively were awarded $60 million in an effort to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. BorgWarner is leading this 39-month project and… Read more »

NI to acquire NH Research and Heinzinger to strengthen EV battery test business

NI, formerly National Instruments, has announced the acquisition of test instruments and systems firm NH Research, as well as an agreement to purchase the EV Systems business of Heinzinger, a European supplier of high-current and high-voltage power systems. The deal is expected to close in 2022. These two transactions will represent 3 percent to 4… Read more »

TE Connectivity’s new connector plating reduces wear on battery terminals

TE Connectivity‘s all-new TENDUR surface plating technology is designed to provide advanced abrasion resistance that allows for consistent high-performance charging over the course of a battery’s lifetime. The technology reduces wear and tear on electrical terminals, which can lead to longer charging times. The newest high-powered charging stations can deliver DC power at currents of… Read more »

Hesse Mechatronics and the Center for Energy Storage Technologies to develop battery technology

The Center for Energy Storage Technologies (CEST) is partnering with Hesse Mechatronics to develop battery technology with American vehicle and battery manufacturers. The aim of the partnership is to enable more seamless systems engineering capabilities, from cell testing and selection to module and pack design and prototyping.   CEST plans to play an active role in… Read more »

Marposs’s LT400 system performs high-voltage tests with partial discharge measurements

Marposs’s new LT400 test system is designed to perform partial discharge measurements on coils, motors and generators. With the LT400, companies can perform standard high-voltage tests with partial discharge measurements, allowing the discovery of defects not detectable with the standard tests. The LT400 integrates numerous tests, including EN60270 High-Voltage Tests, EN60034-18-41 Pulse Partial Discharge Tests,… Read more »