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Imec doubles energy density of its Li-metal batteries to 400 Wh/liter

Imec, a Belgian research firm focused on nanoelectronics, has unveiled a solid-state Li-metal battery cell with an energy density of 400 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours). As part of a larger engineering roadmap for solid-state batteries, imec aims to surpass wet Li-ion battery performance and reach 1,000 Wh/L at 2-3C by… Read more »

Battery-maker AKASOL to open new production facility in Detroit

German battery system manufacturer AKASOL plans to open a production facility in Detroit, Michigan. Scheduled to begin in 2020, production will concentrate on AKASOL’s second-generation AKASystem OEM PRC battery system. The state has awarded the company a Michigan Business Development Program grant towards construction of the facility, which will create 200 jobs in the next… Read more »

Is China opening up its EV battery market to foreign suppliers?

China has eliminated its list of “recommended battery suppliers,” according to the industry ministry. Foreign battery-makers hope this will open up the country’s market for EV batteries. When the list was first published in 2015, it included only Chinese firms, a policy designed to aid China’s domestic battery sector. Foreign battery-builders complained that the list… Read more »

OXIS Energy to establish plant in Wales for mass production of Li-S cells

Oxford-based OXIS Energy has announced it will establish a manufacturing plant for the production of electrolyte and cathode active material specifically for the mass production of lithium-sulfur cells. OXIS will produce the electrolyte and cathode active material at the plant, which is currently at Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 8. Oxis will build the plant at… Read more »

DOE announces $89 million in grants for energy storage manufacturing technologies

The DOE has announced it will award $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing R&D projects. This DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically requests proposals in three areas: 1.Innovations for Manufacturing Advanced Materials: Focuses on employing machine learning to develop better batteries, phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications, and new semiconductors that… Read more »

Study explores lightweighting potential of structural foam in vehicle bodies

In a joint study, German chemicals company Henkel and engineering consultancy RLE International have examined the potential of high-performance structural foam for lightweighting in automotive body and closure parts. Henkel says the study shows that fiber-reinforced polymer components with structural foam ribbing and reinforcements can save more than 40 kg of weight per car compared… Read more »

Rockwell Automation opens EV Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

Rockwell Automation has opened a new 8,000-square-foot Electric Vehicle Innovation Center within an existing development facility in San Jose, California. The center will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilizing new technology, and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell partners. Using augmented and virtual reality modeling, Rockwell hopes the EV Innovation Center will… Read more »