The Tech

New research suggests fluorine-based electrolyte enhances lithium metal battery stability

Scientists at the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (UNIST), led by Professors Nam-Soon Choi and Sang Kyu Kwak, have developed a fluorine-based electrolyte for lithium metal batteries with Ni-rich NCM cathodes. According to their paper, published in Nano Energy, the electrolyte evenly formed a protective film on the negative and positive electrodes, increasing… Read more »

Henkel and Covestro develop adhesive solutions for efficient Li-ion cell assembly

With the aim of lowering the cost of battery manufacturing, Henkel and Covestro have developed a joint solution that enables the efficient fixation of cylindrical Li-ion battery cells inside a plastic cell holder. The design is based on a UV-curing adhesive from Henkel and a UV-transparent polycarbonate blend from Covestro. Henkel’s Loctite AA 3963 battery… Read more »

Digatron launches new lithium pouch cell assembly division in Italy

Digatron Power Electronics recently created a mechanical division called Digatron Systems. Located in Italy, the unit will concentrate on lithium pouch cell assembly equipment, offering one-stop solutions to battery producers.  Digatron Systems aims to provide a fusion between mechanical and electronics technology to offer battery manufacturers tailored solutions for cell production, formation, and module assembly…. Read more »

Latest NVH Simulator expands EV sound and vibration modeling ability

Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement has released version 2019.1 of its NVH Simulator. The release expands the ability to model electric and hybrid vehicles, along with over 200 other improvements and enhancements. Dave Bogema, Product Manager with Brüel & Kjær, explains: “One of the challenges associated with electric vehicle sound is the phenomena… Read more »

Report predicts energy storage market will exceed $500 billion by 2035

The energy storage market is expected to grow to $546 billion in annual revenue by 2035, according to a new report from Lux Research. Lux estimates that the three main drivers of energy storage—mobility applications (BEVs and FCEVs), electronic devices, and stationary storage—will reach an annual combined deployment level of 3,046 GWh over the next… Read more »

GKN developing new versions of eDrive technology as sales increase

GKN Automotive is accelerating its eDrive development program to keep pace with growing demand for its compact electric driveline systems. In July 2019, the company produced its one millionth unit; sales in 2020 are on track to exceed 2019 figures by 141 percent. By 2025, the company expects to be producing around one million eDrive… Read more »

Report: cobalt supply for EV batteries is adequate for now, but should be scaled up to meet future demands

The growth of the EV market depends on the continued availability of key materials such as cobalt, an element used in battery cathodes. Scientists from the American Chemical Society (ACS) wanted to find out if planned cobalt expansions could keep pace with this rapid growth. Their research, published in the ACS journal Environmental Science &… Read more »

Does Tesla have a game-changing new battery cell in the pipeline?

There’s little dispute that Tesla has a substantial head start in terms of battery tech vis a vis the legacy automakers. Now Electrek has reported that Tesla has a secret project called “Roadrunner” that could soon enable the company to produce much cheaper battery cells on a massive scale. For some time, it’s been apparent… Read more »

AKASOL orders fully automated production lines for new high-energy battery module plant

AKASOL has adopted Tesla’s nomenclature, and christened its new battery plant in Darmstadt, Germany “Gigafactory 1.” The German battery maker has commissioned Manz to supply fully automated production lines for high-energy battery modules at the new plant and the company’s US site in Hazel Park, Michigan. The total order volume for production equipment could reach… Read more »