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Project aims to develop a swappable containerized battery system for marine applications

Current Direct, a new €12-million research and innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a new type of lithium-ion cell, as well as a swappable containerized energy storage system, both optimized for waterborne transportation. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an interchangeable battery system and Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) platform in an… Read more »

AAM and Inovance to collaborate on integrated EV drivetrains 

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) and Suzhou Inovance Automotive have announced a technology development agreement that will accelerate the development and delivery of scalable, next-generation 3-in-1 electric drive systems, which integrate an inverter, electric motor and gearbox. The companies will focus on enhancing the power density, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of integrated EV drivetrains. AAM and… Read more »

Hong Kong researchers propose novel cathode design for Li-S batteries

A team led by Professor Zhao Tianshou of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has proposed a novel cathode design concept for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Li-S batteries are regarded as attractive alternatives to Li-ion batteries. They are known for their high energy density, while their major component, sulfur, is abundant, light, cheap and… Read more »

New class of cobalt-free cathodes could enhance energy density of Li-ion batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new family of cathodes with the potential to replace the costly cobalt-based cathodes typically found in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new class, called NFA (nickel, iron, aluminum), is a derivative of lithium nickelate that’s used as a cathode material. These novel cathodes are designed to be… Read more »

DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap

The DOE has released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, the agency’s first comprehensive energy storage strategy. Announced in January 2020, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) seeks to establish American leadership in energy storage. In addition to concerted research efforts, the Roadmap’s approach includes accelerating the transition of technologies from the lab to the… Read more »

Trends in hybrid and electric mobility in commercial transportation

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards. As electrification expands across multiple industries, it must adapt to diverging requirements and unique challenges. Industrial and commercial transportation is a great example with longer routes, ranges or exposure to harsh environments…. Read more »

New magnetic material could improve EV motor efficiency

Toshiba has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that could improve motor efficiency at low cost. Motors account for approximately half of the world’s electric power consumption. Toshiba says its new material boosts energy conversion efficiency when used as the wedges in motors, particularly in medium-to-large induction motors. The material can be installed at… Read more »

Group14 secures funding to scale Li-ion battery production

Group14 Technologies, a global provider of silicon-carbon composite materials for lithium-ion markets, has secured $17 million in a Series B funding round led by SK materials, a manufacturer of special gases and industrial gases. Group14 will leverage this operating capital to scale production to meet the increasing demand for its flagship product, SCC55, which it… Read more »

FREYR and 24M to collaborate on battery cell production

FREYR and 24M have signed an agreement to use 24M’s SemiSolid lithium-ion battery platform technology in FREYR’s planned facilities in Norway. FREYR is targeting a production capacity of over 40 GWh of scalable, modular battery cells via partnership-based strategies in both grid and electric mobility markets. “24M has fundamentally redesigned the traditional LIB cell technology… Read more »