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Transforming electric cars into battery hubs to store energy

Electric cars could be used as battery hubs in order to store renewable energy. This concept, being considered for the U.K., is about capturing and utilizing some of the excess energy produced from electric vehicles.

Apple launches Mac recall due to overheating batteries

Due to overheating batteries that “may pose a fire safety risk,” Apple has triggered a recall program for Mac computers. This applies to the 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

French startup raises €9m for next-gen fast-charging batteries

As technology develops in ever-more interesting ways the one limitation that limits the experience is the relatively short battery life. For this reason, many companies are racing to developing better batteries. One such example is NAWA Technologies.

European alliance to invest up to 6 bn euros in electric car batteries

Paris - European governments and companies will form an alliance for developing next-generation batteries for electric vehicles, investing five to six billion euros ($5.6 to $6.7 billion) in the project, the French and German finance ministers said Thursday.

Graphene sponge aids development of new lithium sulphur batteries

The path towards an electric future is hampered by the ability of batteries to provide sufficient power over a sufficiently long period of time. Globally considerable research is going into methods to improve battery power, including the use of graphene.

A look back at the top electric vehicle news of 2018

As we reach the end of 2018, there has been an increased focus on global climate change, while electric vehicle manufacturers have been developing policies and EV targets that will be in line with tighter fuel emissions standards across the globe.

World’s largest lithium deposit secured for Germany

The demand for batteries shows no sign of decreasing as the rise in electronic devices, and with electric mobility options in particular, continues. To create batteries quantities of lithium are required, and Germany has secured a large supply.

Increasing lithium-ion battery power with nano-sponge

The use of a nano-porous silicon material has enabled researchers to boost the power of lithium-ion batteries by around 50 percent. This is through improving the uptake of lithium ions within the battery.

Key safety features of lithium ion batteries

Most lithium ion batteries are safe, provided they come from a reputable source. Overall lithium-ion system is safe, providing certain precautions are met when charging and discharging. A review of the main safety issues is outlined.

Environment gains of electric cars off-set by battery production

Electric cars offer a means to reduce the global carbon footprint through a reduction of the use of fossil fuels. Environmental gains, however, do not factor in battery production.

New quadcopter flies for 2 hours on batteries

A drone startup has devised a new quadcopter which can fly for 2 hours through the use of battery cells. The re-charge time for the drone is a little under one hour, making the drone useful for frequent use.

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.
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