The Tech

Maxwell Technologies acquires Nesscap Energy

Maxwell Technologies has agreed to acquire Nesscap Energy for $23.175 million, or about 1.1 times Nesscap’s annualized revenue. The purchase price will be paid by the issuance of approximately 4.6 million Maxwell shares. Nesscap has operations in Korea, Germany, and China. As a specialist in small cell format ultracapacitor products, Nesscap provides R&D and manufacturing… Read more »

FDK and Fujitsu develop novel cathode material for solid-state batteries

FDK and Fujitsu Laboratories have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li2CoP2O7) as a cathode material for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. The new material can operate at charge/discharge voltages of more than 5 V, which is beyond the limits of current lithium batteries. The energy of a battery is a function of its voltage and capacity, so an… Read more »

Black Diamond Structures opens new battery testing facility in Texas

Black Diamond Structures, a manufacturer of nanomaterial products for the lead-acid and Li-on battery markets, has opened a new Battery Testing Laboratory in Austin, Texas. The new lab will provide comprehensive performance data on the company’s proprietary technology, Molecular Rebar. Black Diamond Structures is in various phases of testing and product commercialization with over 100… Read more »

Former Tesla execs launch plan for European Gigafactory

A couple of Tesla alumni, with backing from Swedish investors, have announced a plan to build a massive Li-ion battery factory, perhaps in Sweden or Finland. Their ambitious goal is to bring the cost of batteries down to $100/kWh. Tesla’s former Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Peter Carlsson, and another former Tesla supply chain… Read more »

POSCO begins lithium production in Korea

Korea-based steel-maker POSCO has begun commercial production of lithium in South Korea for the first time. In February, POSCO completed a lithium extraction plant with an annual capacity of 2,500 tons. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Jong-joo Kim, the Director of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, noted that Korea, a major battery… Read more »

AKASOL says its battery modules ace long-term endurance tests

German battery builder AKASOL subjected the latest generation of its battery modules, AKAMODULE 46Ah and 53Ah, to an eight-month endurance test featuring a range of brutally extreme conditions. The test showed service life to even longer than expected. At 50 to 55 degrees, the battery components worked for 1.5 years in full cycles at a… Read more »

Wolfspeed expands MOSFET platform to 1,200 V

Wolfspeed, a pioneer of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has expanded its C3M platform to include a 1,200 V MOSFET. The new device is designed to enable an increase in frequency while maintaining efficiency, lowering system cost, reducing circuit EMI, and enabling 99% efficiency levels in three-phase power factor correction circuits. The device uses Wolfspeed’s… Read more »

A123 Systems to supply Li-ion batteries for 48 V systems to GM’s Chinese JV

Automotive News China reports that battery maker A123 Systems won a contract worth approximately $1 billion to supply 2.6 million Li-ion batteries for 48 V systems to the SAIC-GM joint venture in China. A123 initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of a battery pack joint venture called Advanced… Read more »

Hitachi and Honda establish joint venture for EV motors

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint venture, with a capitalization of around 5 billion yen ($45 million), to develop and manufacture EV motors. Hitachi first started selling motors for electrified vehicles in 1999, and has since delivered “a high volume” of these motors to vehicle manufacturers… Read more »

Battery management system maker Dukosi lands £2 million in funding

Scottish battery management systems innovator Dukosi has secured £2 million in new investment funding, led by IP Group. Dukosi has developed a battery management system (BMS) that collects, processes and stores data directly at the cell. Using wireless technology, the system transmits real-time information on cell performance to support master-level control of the battery pack…. Read more »