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New insight into battery charging

New insight into battery charging

Dec 25, 2017 United Kingdom
A new technique developed by researchers provides a unique insight into how the charging rate of lithium ion batteries can be a factor limiting their lifetime and safety.
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Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering technology collaboration

Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering technology collaboration

Dec 22, 2017 United States
Under the terms of a newly signed MoU, the two companies will examine in particular applications that may combine Williams' innovation culture, lightweight composites and battery expertise with Airbus' Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme.
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BMW turns HQ into giant batteries as it hits target

BMW turns HQ into giant batteries as it hits target

Dec 21, 2017 Germany
The BMW Group has sold 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017, hitting its annual target and signifying an important shift in consumers mindsets towards their individual carbon footprints. This is more than 60 percent up from the 62,255 electric cars BMW sold last year.
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Off Grid Steals the Emperor's Clothes

Off Grid Steals the Emperor's Clothes

Dec 20, 2017 Worldwide
On grid electricity has demonstrated outstanding reliability, flexibility and cost advantages for the last century, off grid production declining as a percentage of the mix - the "use it if you have to" option. However, as off grid costs have tumbled and grid prices have rarely dropped at all, it is off grid sources that increasingly claim the crown of reliability, flexibility and cost.
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First Finnish robot car to challenge snow and ice

First Finnish robot car to challenge snow and ice

Dec 20, 2017 Finland
Martti, the robot car developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, is the first automated car to have driven fully autonomously on a real snow-covered road.
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2,800 charging stations to be installed across the US

2,800 charging stations to be installed across the US

Dec 19, 2017 United States
Electrify America LLC announced that it will install more than 2,800 workplace and residential charging stations by June 2019 in 17 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the United States.
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5-minute extreme fast charge battery technology for electric vehicles

5-minute extreme fast charge battery technology for electric vehicles

Dec 18, 2017 United States
Enevate Corporation announces HD-Energy® Technology for Electric Vehicles which features extreme fast charging in only 5 minutes with high energy density and long driving range.
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Australian solar train ready

Australian solar train ready

Dec 18, 2017 Australia
The train operates on energy from the sun. Solar panels on the train and train storage shed will generate the equivalent amount of energy required to operate the train daily, charging the on-board battery bank.
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Panasonic to make batteries for Toyota electric cars

Panasonic to make batteries for Toyota electric cars

Dec 15, 2017 Japan
Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation announce an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.
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IDTechEx TVIDTechEx Show! USA 2017 IDTechEx opening Cornerstone

IDTechEx Show! USA 2017 IDTechEx opening Cornerstone

Dec 14, 2017
Raghu Das introduced the technologies covered and an introduction to the IDTechEx Show! USA 2017
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Advance in perception and motion planning for autonomous vehicles

Advance in perception and motion planning for autonomous vehicles

Dec 14, 2017 United States
iDAR, a new form of intelligent data collection that enables rapid, dynamic perception and path planning. iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) combines the world's first agile MOEMS LiDAR, pre-fused with a low-light camera and embedded artificial intelligence - creating software-definable and extensible hardware that can adapt to real-time demands.
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Report on IDTechEx Show! USA 2017

Report on IDTechEx Show! USA 2017

Dec 13, 2017 Worldwide, North America (USA + Canada)
The following article summarises some of the key observations made by IDTechEx analysts during the IDTechEx Show! It contains details of many of the companies demonstrating products during the exhibition, notable presentations given and summaries of relevant conversations and recent updates.
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What the European Commission is doing to foster battery innovation

What the European Commission is doing to foster battery innovation

Dec 13, 2017 Europe, Worldwide
As proof of IDTechEx's long-standing collaboration with the EU Commission, technology analyst Lorenzo Grande was invited to deliver a talk on the state of the art of battery manufacturing and how Europe can catch up with its Asian and North American competitors. A selection of the slides presented during the meeting have been included at the end of this premium article.
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Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

Dec 13, 2017 United States
New research could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles. The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.
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Off Grid Zero Emission: Better Than Grid Extension and Gensets Now

Off Grid Zero Emission: Better Than Grid Extension and Gensets Now

Dec 12, 2017 Worldwide
The improving business cases for off grid are a contrast to much grid supply, where high voltage grid extension at a swingeing $1-6 million per mile is not involved, nor even low voltage extension at $15k-50k. It attracts where grids are being neglected or are based on bad choices increasing prices.
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Strong demand for the Panamera with hybrid drive

Strong demand for the Panamera with hybrid drive

Dec 12, 2017 Germany
Around 60 per cent of all new Panamera models that have been delivered in Europe were equipped with a hybrid drive. The new Panamera plug-in hybrid models were launched on the European market in June 2017.
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Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells

Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells

Dec 11, 2017 United Kingdom
Scientists from the University of Surrey have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation.
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Hearing hybrid and electric vehicles while quieting noise pollution

Hearing hybrid and electric vehicles while quieting noise pollution

Dec 8, 2017 United States
Europe, as well as most of the world, faces a future with hybrid or pure electronic road vehicles that rely on alternative drive chains. But these low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems.
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Device makes power conversion more efficient

Device makes power conversion more efficient

Dec 8, 2017 United States
New design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles, data centers, and the power grid.
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IDTechEx TVRange Extenders for Electric Vehicles

Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles

Dec 8, 2017
While plenty of options for plug-in vehicles now flood the market at seemingly low prices, drivers soon realize most electric options only get them thirty to eighty miles on a single charge.