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Tesla battery experts describe million-mile cell in new paper

At the Tesla Autonomy Event in April, Elon Musk said the Disruptors of Detroit were working on a new battery pack that would last a cool million miles, and said it would be available next year. Now Tesla battery research partner Jeff Dahn and his team have released a paper in which they describe this… Read more »

Infineon’s new EasyPACK modules with CoolSiC MOSFETs designed for charging stations

Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies has launched two new 1,200 V EasyPACK modules with SiC MOSFETs as part of its 1,200 V series. Infineon says the new product is designed to meet the growing demand for silicon carbide (SiC) solutions. Both the Easy 1B and Easy 2B integrate Infineon’s CoolSiC MOSFETs and are aimed at both… Read more »

Eaton’s new supercapacitor offers increased voltage

Power management company Eaton has released a next-generation XLR-51 supercapacitor module, extending the MLR module line to 51.3 V and 188 F. Designed for rugged applications, each module includes integrated cell voltage management circuity, over-voltage alarm, and a temperature output. The XLR supercapacitor modules are comprised of 18 individual XL60 supercapacitor cells. The 48 V… Read more »

TeraWatt’s solid-state battery prototype achieves energy density of 1,122 Wh/L

Silicon Valley startup TeraWatt Technology has announced that its prototype 4.5 Ah solid-state battery design achieved a record-breaking energy density of 1,122 Wh/L (432 Wh/kg) in validation tests conducted by third parties, including the Japanese testing service TOYO System. TeraWatt says this 4.5 Ah design, which is branded as TERA3.0, will be available for select… Read more »

4R Energy earns first UL 1974 battery reuse certification

4R Energy, a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo that focuses on EV battery reuse, will be the first group certified to the UL 1974 Standard for Evaluation for Repurposing Batteries. UL 1974 outlines how to sort and grade EV battery packs, modules, and cells, identifying state-of-health and determining viability for second-life use as storage…. Read more »

Scandlines installs Norsepower’s wind-powered rotor sail on hybrid ferry

Danish ferry operator Scandlines has signed an agreement with Norsepower, a Finnish clean tech and engineering company, to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/V Copenhagen, a hybrid passenger ferry. Operating between Germany and Denmark, the M/V Copenhagen belongs to Scandlines’ already-existing fleet of hybrid ferries, which combines diesel and battery power. Since 2013,… Read more »