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Step towards creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

Chemists have reported on an important breakthrough on the path towards creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery. This is a challenging issue with energy technology.

Barron's — How batteries will change the electrical grid

Bigger, better batteries are speeding up change in the U.S. electricity sector and could help power a rally in Xcel Energy Inc., American Electric Power Co. Inc. and other utility and renewable energy stocks, Barron’s reported.

Essential Science: Self-assembly battery charges in seconds

Imagine a battery that has the potential for super-fast charging. Here we’re talking about a matter of seconds. This type of technology to propel mobile devices forwards considerably and address the main frustration: battery power.

Smart luggage firms lose battery fight

Two smart luggage companies have closed down this month, citing the changes to airline policies which affect how lithium batteries can be taken on-board aeroplanes.

Moody's - Shortfall in battery metals to slow electric car growth

In a new analysis just released. Moody's says a shortfall of metals such as cobalt, copper, lithium, and nickel likely will slow production of batteries that power electric vehicles,

Unlocking benefits from Ultra Fast Carbon Batteries: Interview Special

French company NAWA Technologies have developed a new ultra capacitor, the Ultra Fast Carbon Battery. These batteries have the potential to make in-roads into everything we touch from cars, to smartphone cases to the electricity grid.

What are the best selling points for mass-produced EVs today?

We have now entered the age of "mass-produced" electric vehicles, with nearly 1.3 million EVs sold globally in 2017, an increase of 57 percent over 2016 EV sales. What innovations determine this growth, and which benchmarks are important to consumers?

Scientists have developed a true lithium-air battery

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural-air environment while continuing to function after hundreds of charge-discharge cycles.

New battery built for extreme cold

Batteries are required for an increasing number of mobile appliances, from consumer to industrial. Batteries are affected by environmental conditions, such as extremes of weather. A new invention addresses extreme cold.

Battery or fuel cell? Assessing infrastructure costs

To power future devices and vehicles there are two competing research strands: looking at batteries or fuel cells. One research group has undertaking an assessment of the infrastructure costs associated with both options for vehicles.

BMW invests in low temperature batteries

The next generation of electric cars will require more powerful and more efficient batteries. Car giant BMW is investing in a new type of low temperature battery based on lithium ion battery technology.

Project to double range of electric vehicles with new batteries

London - A new British project sets out to double range of electric vehicle with the use of silicon batteries. This £10 million scheme is led by the startup Nexeon.

Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones to improve battery life

Apple's admitted it deliberately slows down aging iPhones to extend their battery life. Over the past week, social media users have uncovered evidence to suggest iOS throttles performance as the battery ages. Apple's now explained the behaviour.

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies

San Juan - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and people are still hurting.

Samsung 'graphene ball' could let phones charge five times faster

Samsung's found a way of making lithium-ion smartphone batteries charge faster and last longer. The company's synthesized and patented a "graphene ball" that considerably improves the performance of lithium-ion cells, offering 45% higher charge capacity.

GM and Ford announce major electric vehicle plans

With China moving to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in the near future and California planning to do the same, automakers in the United States and worldwide are scrambling to embrace electric vehicles.

Affordable zinc-air cells could be the future of battery tech

Researchers have developed a breakthrough method to create rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air cells are cheap to make and could become the preferred power source for future tech. They've previously been hindered by rechargeability issues.

Samsung steps up battery safety with 'unprecedented' test suite

Samsung has opened up about its failings with the Galaxy Note 7 and how it has responded to the crisis since the phone's global recall. Company executives spoke openly in a report, saying Samsung is committed to greater transparency around battery safety.

Essential Science: New material promises better car batteries

In the technology conscious world everyone wants better batteries: more powerful in terms of charge retention, lighter, and more reliable. Batteries have lagged behind other technological advances. This could be about to change.

World's first 'battery-free' phone could change communications

Researchers have developed the first phone that doesn't require an electrical power supply. The prototype device is capable of harvesting energy from the air. It generates enough power to communicate using existing apps such as Skype.

Extending battery life through low-cost material

The limitation with the life-time of batteries remains a big frustration for consumers, especially as our reliance upon electronic devices increases. Several projects are underway to make batteries last longer. We look at one of the latest ideas.

New process makes batteries from scrap metal

Chinese scientists have developed a process that allows for the conversion of rusty stainless steel mesh into stable, low-cost electrodes with outstanding electrochemical properties that can be used in potassium-ion batteries.

Smartwatches could be charged by wrist motion

It may be possible to charge smart watches simply through body motions, such as tilting the wrist to view the face of the watch, a new technology study suggests. This is possible through the use of triboelectric nanogenerators.

Freezing lithium batteries makes them safer

Researchers have used a process called ice-templating to control the electrolyte structure in lithium batteries. The process is non-flammable, non-toxic and flexible, and leads to longer battery life.

Lithium-air batteries could power electric cars

One thing holding back progress with electric cars are the batteries needed to power such vehicles. Considerable promise comes from lithium-air batteries, which enable electric cars to drive farther on a single charge.

New battery model designed to improve e-cars

Frankfurt - One thing hampering the development (and potential sales) of electric cars is the capacity of the batteries designed to power the cars. Limitations affect speed and distance. This could change thanks to a ‘space-age’ development.

Sony patent lets you wirelessly charge your phone from a friend's

Sony has filed a patent for a technology that would allow you to wirelessly charge your smartphone from a friend's if you're running low on power. The technology is based on NFC and allows two devices to negotiate an exchange of power.

New battery designed to last for a decade

A new type of flow battery has been designed. The battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. The novel chemistry gives the battery an exceptionally long lifetime.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 battery factory catches fire

The factory that built the explosive batteries inside Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has caught fire, according to media reports. Over 100 firefighters were sent to the building after lithium batteries in half-finished products set alight.

Bacteria powered battery built on sheet of paper

New York - In the quest to find new and efficient means of generating power a research group have developed a battery, resembling a thin sheet of paper, which is powered by microorganisms.
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