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Improvement in liquid batteries, electric car refuelling in minutes

Improvement in liquid batteries, electric car refuelling in minutes

Sep 19, 2018 Europe
One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles - that they require hours and hours to charge - could be obliterated by a new type of liquid battery that is roughly ten times more energy-dense than existing models.
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A new dimension for batteries

A new dimension for batteries

Sep 17, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a thin battery, made of a few million carefully constructed "microbatteries" in a square inch. Each microbattery is shaped like a very tall, round room, providing much surface area - like wall space - on which nano-thin battery layers are assembled.
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Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

Sep 14, 2018 United States
Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple and combust if exposed to water - even just water in the air.
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This bright blue dye is found in fabric could it also power batteries?

This bright blue dye is found in fabric could it also power batteries?

Sep 3, 2018 United States
A sapphire-colored dye called methylene blue is a common ingredient in wastewater from textile mills. But scientists think it may be possible to give this industrial pollutant a second life. In a new study, they show that the dye, when dissolved in water, is good at storing and releasing energy on cue.
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New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility

New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility

Aug 29, 2018 New Zealand
New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility was launched in Auckland. Tesla's Powerpack battery is part of an ambitious project to test the direct integration of battery energy storage with New Zealand's electricity grid.
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Lithium-ion batteries can't catch fire because they harden on impact

Lithium-ion batteries can't catch fire because they harden on impact

Aug 28, 2018 United States
Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged. Inspired by the weird behavior of some liquids that solidify on impact, researchers have developed a practical and inexpensive way to help prevent these fires.
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A paper battery powered by bacteria

A paper battery powered by bacteria

Aug 22, 2018 United States
In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable.
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Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships

Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships

Aug 20, 2018 Germany
Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. The gain for the ship owners is a clean, safe and cost-efficient complete system.
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Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage

Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage

Aug 15, 2018 United Kingdom
A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.
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Old mining techniques make a new way to recycle lithium batteries

Old mining techniques make a new way to recycle lithium batteries

Aug 9, 2018 United States
Professor's idea to adapt 20th century mining technology to recycle lithium ion batteries, from the small ones in cell phones to the multi-kilowatt models that power electric cars, the same technologies used to separate metal from ore could be applied to spent batteries.
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Nissan to sell electric battery business to Envision Group

Nissan to sell electric battery business to Envision Group

Aug 6, 2018 Japan
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Envision Group for the sale of Nissan's electric battery operations and production facilities to Envision.