The Tech

BMZ Group ramps up production of Li-ion batteries for ventilators and other medical equipment

The BMZ Group, an international company headquartered in Germany, produces Li-ion batteries for everything from power tools to stationary storage to industrial vehicles such as forklifts. Now the company is seeing a surge in demand for its batteries from makers of a wide variety of medical equipment, especially ventilators. In some cases, the volume of… Read more »

Equipmake joins forces with HiETA to create power-dense electric motor

Electric powertrain manufacturer Equipmake has teamed up with additive manufacturing company HiETA Technologies to develop a next-generation motor, codenamed AMPERE. The project is the group’s attempt to produce a lightweight, efficient, low-cost electric motor with peak power density of more than 20 kW per kg. AMPERE is made using additive manufacturing, which allows its metal… Read more »

New potassium metal battery design could solve dendrite problem

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrated how they can overcome the dendrite problem to create a metal battery that performs nearly as well as a lithium-ion battery but relies on potassium, which the researchers say is a more abundant and less expensive element…. Read more »

BorgWarner’s new high-voltage coolant heaters to appear in 2021 EVs

BorgWarner´s latest coolant heaters are expected to appear in 2021 on the next generation of passenger electric cars produced by global OEMs. The company has been chosen as a supplier for cabin heating and battery conditioning solutions for several high-volume vehicle programs.  “Our Battery and Cabin Heater has become the technology of choice for some… Read more »

Lilac Solutions to use novel technology to extract lithium from the Salton Sea

Beneath California’s Salton Sea lies a vast pool of super-heated fluid that’s long been exploited as a source of geothermal power. The underground reservoir is also rich in lithium, but over the years, so many companies have tried, and failed, to economically extract the light white stuff, that the area has been called a “graveyard… Read more »

Odawara expands machine build capability for EV stator systems

Odawara Automation, a manufacturer of motor winding and assembly systems, has increased its machine build capabilities to accommodate anticipated growth in the EV market. In January, Odawara expanded its Matsuda, Japan headquarters, adding 58,000 square feet of assembly area. This investment of $16 million complements a $40-million expansion investment that was completed in 2014. Source:… Read more »

Royal introduces new battery connectors and conductors for EVs

Royal Power Solutions has introduced two new high-current products intended to improve efficiency and facilitate automated manufacturing. “While much of the auto industry is focused on developing EV software, we see unique opportunities to develop intellectual property that results in high-current connections able to withstand high-vibration and high-temperature mechanical stresses while delivering a full system… Read more »

SAKOR Technologies announces dynamometer line for testing motor efficiency

SAKOR Technologies has developed a series of dynamometer systems to test and verify electric motor efficiency in accordance with a variety of national and international standards. The units test motors containing from two to eight poles, ranging from 10 W to more than 3 MW. The new line of dynamometers offers testing for motors of… Read more »

New machine-learning method could supercharge EV battery development

Battery performance can make or break the EV experience, from driving range to charging time to the lifetime of the car. A team led by Stanford Professors Stefano Ermon and William Chueh has developed a machine-learning algorithm that could lead to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries. For decades, advances in EV batteries have been limited by evaluation… Read more »