The Tech

Bel introduces 25 kW on-board charger for off-grid industrial and mining operations

Bel Power Solutions, a manufacturer of power management devices, is now manufacturing a 25 kW on-board battery charger for industrial, construction, and mining applications. The charger, known as the BCN25-700-8, converts 3-phase AC voltage to DC voltage. It measures 20.63” x 13.39” x 3.31” and weighs 42.77 pounds. The enclosure is made of aluminum alloy… Read more »

German parts maker ZF looks to bring racing car technologies to production EVs

Since 2016, German parts maker ZF has supplied technology for French EV maker Venturi’s team in the FIA Formula E racing series. ZF has developed an electric drive for the team, which includes a 250 kW electric motor with a specially designed transmission ratio and power electronics. ZF says this drive enjoys much higher energy… Read more »

Fortum solution recycles 80% of Li-ion battery material

A new solution from Fortum, a Finnish clean-energy company, increases the amount of material in Li-ion batteries that can be recycled to more than 80%, according to the company. The current EU-mandated recycling rate is only 50% of the total weight of the battery. First the company makes the used batteries safe for mechanical treatment,… Read more »

Toyota provides nearly 24,000 licenses royalty-free for hybrid tech

Toyota will grant royalty-free licenses on 23,740 patents it holds for hybrid technologies. For a fee, the company will also provide technical support to manufacturers that use Toyota’s tech, including motors, batteries, power control units and system controls. Since 2015, Toyota has offered 5,680 patents related its fuel cell EVs. The new batch of patents… Read more »

Tokyo researchers improve battery performance with nanodots

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Okayama University have demonstrated a way to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries by coating the LiCoO2 cathode in BaTiO3 nanodots. The research could lead to EV batteries that charge quicker and last longer. The researchers fabricated three LiCoO2 cathodes: one bare, one coated with a planar… Read more »

ZF acquires Dutch e-mobility company 2getthere

German parts maker ZF has acquired a 60% share of Dutch e-mobility company 2getthere. 2getthere produces automated transport systems, including driverless electric transport systems for airports, businesses and theme parks and urban transport infrastructure. The acquisition is part of ZF’s Next Generation Mobility strategy, through which it hopes to gain a foothold in the Mobility… Read more »

Lavle working on solid electrolyte battery ESS for marine market

Lavle, a Washington-based marine battery company, says it’s developing a large-scale solid electrolyte battery (SEB) energy storage system (ESS) for the marine market. The Lavle marine solution will utilize SEB cells supplied by its Japanese joint venture partner, 3DOM, and engineering expertise from its American joint venture partner, Ockerman Automation. The 3DOM SEB cells use… Read more »

AI algorithm accurately predicts the life cycle of Li-ion batteries

Scientists at MIT, Stanford and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) have developed an AI algorithm that they say can accurately predict the useful life of Li-ion batteries. The algorithm analyzed factors such as voltage decline to make predictions as to how many more cycles a battery would last. The predictions turned out to be within… Read more »

LORD expands CoolTherm facility with €14-million investment

Automotive supplier LORD has announced plans to expand its facility in Hückelhoven, Germany, with a €14-million investment. The Hückelhoven facility produces thermal management products for EVs and other industries, including gap fillers, potting and encapsulants, and thermal adhesives, under the CoolTherm brand. LORD expects the expansion to add over twenty employees to the seventy currently… Read more »