The Tech

GKN’s new EV driveline is compact, efficient and adaptable

GKN Driveline’s new eTwinsterX system is designed to be adaptable to any vehicle type, from small electric city cars to plug-in luxury SUVs to electric hypercars, in front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. GKN says the new eTwinsterX axle offers three advantages over competing electric drivelines. Its coaxial format is significantly smaller than other systems… Read more »

TerraE forms consortium to build large-scale Li-ion battery manufacturing capacity in Germany

Germany-based TerraE Holding has organized 17 companies and research institutions into a consortium to plan for large-scale lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing in Germany. The goal is to gradually build up production capacities to 34 GWh/year by the year 2028. The consortium includes companies from throughout the supply chain: infrastructure manufacturing planners, material producers, machine engineering… Read more »

Critical Materials Institute manufactures an all-American rare-earth magnet

As rare-earth magnets are used in an increasing number of modern technologies, the ability to produce them domestically could be important for national security. Now the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Innovation Hub, has fabricated a batch of magnets entirely from domestically sourced and refined rare-earth metals. The Idaho National Laboratory sourced the raw materials… Read more »

Researchers develop technique to monitor fuel quality in PHEVs

As PHEVs equipped with diesel engines begin to come on the market, a new potential problem has come to light: diesel fuel/biodiesel blends show a tendency to form precipitates, which can cause the fuel to become unstable. To make the problem more complex, different countries have different quotas for biodiesel blend ratios. Substances such as… Read more »

US Army partners with Brown University to study SEI on silicon anodes

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Brown University researchers have teamed up to study the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer that forms on the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, with particular emphasis on experimental silicon anodes. The Army is working to replace its alkaline and nickel-metal hydride field batteries with Li-ion batteries. “The Army is… Read more »

BMZ Group launches new center for battery innovations

The BMZ Group’s new E.Volution Center in Aschaffenburg, Germany will be an incubator for new energy storage technologies. The goal is to develop 200 new battery systems for various applications each year. BMZ specializes in lithium-ion battery technologies to replace lead batteries in products such as energy storage systems, E-bikes, buses, forklifts, E-boats, industrial trucks,… Read more »

AKASOL Li-ion systems now powering Medatech’s underground mining equipment

Emissions in underground mining are not only a hazard to workers’ health – they are expensive to mitigate. Diesel-powered drilling, anchoring and transport machines produce exhaust gases that have to be siphoned off by large ventilation units via purpose-built shafts, a laborious and cost-intensive proposition. One solution is to rely on electrically powered machines, which… Read more »

HyPer 9 IS offers a plug-and-play powertrain for EV conversions

Motor distributor NetGain Motors (NGM) has formed a strategic relationship with Italy-based motor controller manufacturer SME Group, to bring the newly developed HyPer 9 motor to market. The HyPer 9 is a synchronous reluctance internal permanent magnet (SRIPM) motor. It forms the centerpiece of the HyPer 9 Integrated System (IS), a plug-and-play system for EV… Read more »

Nouveau Monde and Shinzoom form JV to market anode material

Nouveau Monde Graphite has signed a letter of intent with Chinese anode producer Hunan Zhongke Shinzoom to market Shinzoom’s anode materials to battery manufacturers in North America. The two companies will form a distribution joint venture, and if the results are satisfactory after 18 months, will evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing Shinzoom’s anode material products… Read more »

Report: Transportation and stationary storage battery demand will surpass consumer electronics by next year

Consumer electronics have traditionally driven the demand for energy storage devices, but transportation and stationary applications will soon become the largest storage markets, according to Lux Research. By 2025 the energy storage market will top $100 billion, with applications in transportation alone reaching $69 billion, Lux forecasts. The highest growth rate will be in stationary… Read more »