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AKASOL supplies battery packs for German fuel cell trains

AKASOL is slated to provide battery tech (including cables and temperature regulation equipment) to a fleet of more than 40 Alstom trains in Germany’s Lower Saxony and Rhine/Main transit regions. Supplying such a quantity of fuel cell-powered trains is a major deal for AKASOL, who stands to make tens of millions of Euros while expanding… Read more »

BorgWarner to acquire Delphi Technologies enhancing its power electronics products

Michigan-based parts supplier BorgWarner will acquire Delphi Technologies in an all-stock transaction that values Delphi at about $3.3 billion. BorgWarner stockholders are expected to own about 84 percent of the combined company. Delphi stockholders are expected to own the remaining 16 percent. BorgWarner and Delphi estimate they generated net sales of $10.17 billion and $4.36… Read more »

Enevate says its new silicon-dominant battery tech enables 5-minute charge

Enevate, a battery technology company based in Irvine, California, has launched its fourth-generation XFC-Energy battery technology, which offers 800 Wh/L cell energy density and achieves five-minute charging to 75 percent capacity, according to the company. The XFC-Energy technology is designed for large-format pouch, prismatic, and cylindrical EV cells. It uses pure silicon anode technology with… Read more »

USABC grants Physical Sciences $919,000 contract for Li-ion material coating assessment 

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) recently granted a $919,000 contract to Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to assess active coating material in order to verify whether this technology actually improves Li-ion cell-level energy density and lowers costs. The 18-month-long project, which began last year, will evaluate PSI cells to determine whether the company’s active… Read more »

Rice researchers find inserting detours within a battery cathode improves charge/discharge rate

We have all heard the comforting bromide about our imperfections being our greatest strengths. Rice University researchers have recently proven this platitude in the context of battery charging cycles with the discovery that defects purposely inserted into the crystalline lattice of a lithium iron phosphate cathode actually cause the battery to work more, not less,… Read more »

EA Elektro-Automatik’s new bidirectional power supply unit for testing EV systems

German power supply manufacturer EA Elektro-Automatik has released a new 30 kW bidirectional power supply unit. EA says the new unit generates 100 percent more power than the previous version, with only a third more volume. In interconnected operation these devices can produce total power in parallel of up to 1.92 MW. The bidirectional power… Read more »

GROB invests in new EV motor production facility

German machine and tool manufacturer GROB says that it spent more than four years of intense R&D to established itself as a leading technical expert in the manufacture of electric powertrain systems. The GROB product portfolio now ranges from the complex stator, rotor and electrical machine assembly systems to complete electrical axle assembly systems. The… Read more »

DOE announces Energy Storage Grand Challenge

The DOE recently launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which will focus on the development of new energy-storage technologies. It’s part of the $158-million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative proposed in the 2020 federal budget’. The aim of the project is to develop a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that is independent of foreign sources of… Read more »