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Fraunhofer’s modular battery makes it easy to isolate defective cells

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed a modular battery system that could offer lower cost and improved range by making it easier to replace defective cells. In theory, all the individual cells of a battery can store the same amount of energy. In practice however, their capacities vary, and because the cells are connected… Read more »

Fraunhofer Institute presents November workshop on lithium-sulfur batteries

The Fraunhofer Institute will hold its third annual workshop on lithium-sulfur batteries in Dresden, Germany, on November 12 and 13. Lithium-sulfur is a leading contender for the battery chemistry of the future, and Fraunhofer believes that novel materials such as nanostructured carbon/sulfur composite cathodes, solid electrolytes and alloy-based anodes will significantly enhance performance. Dr Oliver… Read more »

Fraunhofer Institute develops front-end wireless charging system

Most wireless EV charging systems use an induction coil on the underside of the vehicle and a floor-mounted charging station, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) in Germany are developing an alternative method that makes the connection at the front end of the vehicle. This addresses a number… Read more »

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer collaborate on new battery cooling systems

Johnson Controls and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of Europe’s biggest organizations for applied research, have signed an agreement to develop next-generation cooling systems for vehicle batteries. The collaboration will focus on technologies and thermal management strategies for lithium-ion battery packs. Currently, systems with fans, compressors or pumps use energy to pull heat out of a battery…. Read more »

Fraunhofer ESK develops communication interfaces for energy management

Vehicle-grid integration is one of the hottest topics in the EV world, with pilot projects cropping up all over the globe. The relationship between EVs and the electrical grid is complex – charging must be managed to avoid overloading local grids, but on the other hand, EVs and/or used EV batteries can help utilities to… Read more »

Farasis Energy researches plastic battery housing for increased EV safety

Farasis Energy, a battery manufacturing company, Kautex Textron, a supplier of energy storage systems, and the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics aim to make plastic-based battery housings safer by means of virtual design to increase the safety of EVs. Farasis, which develops and produces lithium-ion battery technology and pouch cells for electromobility, is developing a… Read more »

Customcells raises 60 million euros for development of electric aviation

German battery maker Customcells has closed a Series A financing round for 60 million euros with investors that include VC World Fund, Abacon Capital, Vsquared Ventures and Porsche. The company plans to use the funds to expand activities in the electrification of air traffic, intensify R&D and further internationalize operations. Customcells, a spin-off of research… Read more »

Sumitomo Bakelite to unveil eAxle demonstrator

After sharing some early technical findings at our Charged virtual conference, Sumitomo Bakelite has released additional information about its eAxle research project. Sumitomo is developing an 80 kg eAxle demonstrator that it expects to be finished in late Q1 of 2022. Based on the company’s plastics, the eAxle has stator encapsulation that replaces traditional paper… Read more »

Author of new study says hydrogen “unlikely to play major role in road transport, even for heavy trucks”

Reasonable minds disagree on whether hydrogen has a role to play in the clean-energy future, or whether it’s just a vehicle for oil-company greenwashing. However, it’s becoming clear (to scientists, if not to politicians) that batteries are superior to fuel cells for most road transport applications. A new study published in the journal Nature Electronics… Read more »