The Tech

Sila Nano raises $70 million in funding for silicon-dominant battery anodes

Battery specialist Sila Nanotechnologies has received $70 million in Series D funding from Sutter Hill Ventures, Next47 (backed by Siemens), and Amperex. Sila Nano will use the funding for the development and commercialization of its silicon-dominant anodes. Overall, Sila has raised $125 million from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Chengwei Capital, Matrix Partners, Samsung, and… Read more »

bdtronic develops motor impregnator with 45-second cycle time

bdtronic, a global manufacturer of dispensing machines and systems that process polyurethane, epoxy, silicone and liquid resins, has developed what it claims is the world’s largest and fastest automotive motor impregnation machine. The B8300 impregnator is designed to speed up the motor production process – its main function is to fill electric motor stators with a solid gel… Read more »

Carnegie Mellon creates new method to 3D print battery electrodes

Porous electrodes have been 3D printed in the past using extrusion processes in which a strand of material is extruded from a heated nozzle. Interdigitated, or clasped, structures created with this technique provide space for ion flow, but their limited geometries are quite inefficient. Carnegie Mellon University’s new research has developed a completely different additive process… Read more »

Penn State researchers develop cold-weather fast charging method for Li-ion batteries

Fast charging cold Li-ion batteries comes with the risk of lithium plating. When metallic lithium is formed in a battery, it can severely reduce battery lifespan and increase instability. Researchers from Penn State have suggested a solution to that problem that can provide 15-minute fast charging and a twelve-year battery lifespan in temperatures as low as… Read more »

BorgWarner develops exhaust heat recovery system for hybrids and PHEVs

Auto tech specialist BorgWarner has developed an exhaust heat recovery system (EHRS) for hybrids and PHEVs that’s designed to reduce engine warm-up time. Because the EHRS reduces the time an engine is running cold, it also reduces emissions and can increase fuel economy by up to 8.5%, according to BorgWarner. Production will begin later this… Read more »

Horiba Automotive Test Systems to acquire FuelCon

Horiba Automotive Test Systems, a Japan-based supplier in the fields of engine, driveline, brake and emissions test systems, has agreed to acquire FuelCon, a German manufacturer of R&D and end-of-line test beds and turnkey solutions for EV battery and fuel cell applications. For the Horiba group, this acquisition represents a move to increase its presence… Read more »

Henkel to invest heavily in e-drive manufacturing tech

Engine and powertrain specialist Henkel aims to solidify its e-mobility commitment by investing in several new EV-oriented manufacturing processes. Henkel has chosen to focus on developing several adhesive and liquid gasketing materials as well as PCB technologies, part cleaners and lubricants. Here’s the breakdown: Liquid gasketing: Henkel offers a wide range of different gasketing technologies. Recent… Read more »

New Johnson Matthey plant will produce samples of eLNO battery material

Johnson Matthey is currently building a demonstration plant with a capacity of 1,000 metric tons to showcase its proprietary eLNO lithium nickel oxide battery material. The plant will be used for R&D and will also produce material samples. The company intends to use the facility to build its market presence and commercialize its eLNOs, which claim… Read more »

WVU creates research facility for rare-earth metal extraction from mining waste

West Virginia University (WVU) is currently building a research facility intended to develop rare earth metal recovery processes for acid mine sludge. The $3.38 million-dollar project will test the technological scalability of these recovery processes and develop US supply chains from acid mine sources and treatment. WVU will partner with Rockwell Automation, a sensor and control… Read more »