Researchers develop “climate-immune” electric car battery

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New fast-charging EV (electric vehicle) battery can self-heat. Penn State engineers have developed an electric car battery that can stand up to cold weather. The newly designed battery is capable of self-heating, which allows it to rapidly charge in spite of frigid outdoor temperatures. EV batteries are negatively impacted by the cold. As is the case with most other batteries, the performance of an electric car battery suffers when it is subjected to cold temperatures. In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that extreme weather (either very hot or…

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Renewable generation may thrive with advanced energy storage solutions

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New storage solutions are needed for clean power to continue to flourish Advanced energy storage solutions could solve the intermittency problems facing renewable generation, according to Fitch Ratings. Such solutions could also revolutionize energy distribution models for utility companies, encouraging them to promote the use of residential clean power systems. Renewables have begun to outpace fossil-fuels in terms of growth, but they will need efficient and effective storage systems in order to continue thriving well into the future. Global storage capacity will have to reach as much as 15 TWh…

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Engineers call for more support for hydrogen power in the UK

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IMechE is urging the government to show more support for hydrogen The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in the United Kingdom is calling upon the government to show more support for hydrogen power. IMechE has released a new report that highlights the capabilities of hydrogen and how it can be used to produce electricity and heat. The report also showcases how fuel cells can consume hydrogen to power vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. For hydrogen power to succeed, however, the government will have to show more support for this…

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New battery system uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen

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Researchers develop promising prototype battery Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new water-based battery that could be used to store wind and solar energy in an efficient and inexpensive manner. The battery is a prototype manganese-hydrogen system and can currently only generate 20 milliwatts of electrical power. Researchers believe that the battery system can be scaled up, however, making it useful for industrial purposes. Once it has been scaled up, researchers predict that it will be able to charge and recharge 10,000 times. Battery acts as a way to…

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Clean vehicles will not be the only focus for GM

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GM will continue developing conventional vehicles as new cars gain popularity General Motors has announced that it will be continue to make investments in conventional powertrains even as it begins to focus more heavily on clean technology and renewable energy. The automaker has made a commitment to develop vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. The problem, however, is that many consumers may not be prepared to fully embrace clean vehicles. As such, GM will continue to develop conventional vehicles powered by gasoline in order to cater to the needs of…

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Researchers develop innovative new battery system that can efficiently store renewable energy

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Researchers develop world’s first rechargeable proton battery Researchers from the RMIT University in Australia have developed what they are calling the world’s first rechargeable proton battery. The battery is designed t make use of carbon and water instead of lithium. As such, it is somewhat less expensive than its conventional counterparts. The battery itself produces no harmful emissions and can store electricity in an efficient manner. Researchers claim that it is a sort of hybrid between a chemical battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. New system acts as a hybrid…

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GM plans to profit from its electric vehicles by 2021

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Automaker sees significant promise in electric vehicles General Motors is placing a great deal of faith in electric vehicles. The company sees great promise for these vehicles in the future, so much so that it believes it will begin generating profit from all of its clean cars by 2021. Many automakers have been slow to embrace clean technology due to potential losses. As technology has improved, however, the potential to generate revenue from the use of batteries and fuel cells has increased. GM’s new clean vehicle has found modest success…

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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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Honda is moving forward with fuel cells and batteries

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Automakers hopes two-thirds of its vehicle sales will come from battery electrics Japanese automaker Honda is hard at work developing a new generation of clean vehicles. Currently, the company does not yet offer any hybrid or battery electric vehicles. Honda has seen a major shift in the transportation world, however, and is eager to accommodate new trends that are emerging throughout the auto industry. The company intends to see two-thirds of its sales come from vehicles equipped with batteries by 2030. The company is also investing heavily in hydrogen fuel…

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Clean vehicles may kill internal combustion engines by 2050

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Toyota believes that conventional engines will soon be extinct Toyota believes that internal combustion engines will become extinct by 2050. The company’s head of its research and development division, Seigo Kuzumaki, suggests that this will happen due to changing emissions regulations and the growing adoption of clean vehicles. Toyota is poising itself to be prepared for this apparent inevitability by focusing more heavily on clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker already offers a fuel cell vehicle in its Mirai and intends to launch many new clean vehicles…

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Hyundai has big plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker is beginning to place more focus on electric vehicles South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles. The automaker has already established a position in the clean transportation market, but believes it has been late in doing so. Hyundai senior vice president Lee Ki-sang suggests that the company could have been the first to bring electric vehicles to the market. Instead, the company has focused on more conventional cars, only recently investing more heavily in clean technology. Hyundai plans to launch a new…

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Toyota and Panasonic team to aid electric vehicles

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New partnership seeks to establish standards for battery technology Toyota and Panasonic have formed a new partnership in order to establish new standards for the batteries used in electric vehicles. The two companies are currently working on the final details concerning these standards. The partnership could help Japanese automakers compete more effectively with foreign companies. Automakers outside of Japan have established a significant lead when it comes to using advanced battery technology to power new vehicles. Better batteries could help make electric vehicles more affordable Both Toyota and Panasonic are…

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Study shows that fuel cells and other technologies are gaining momentum in the shipping industry

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Study highlights the growing significance of clean technology The University of Maritime Advisory Services and Lloyd’s Register have released a new study highlighting zero emission vessels. The shipping industry has embarked on a quest to significantly reduce emissions by 2030. Several companies aim to accomplish this task through the use of clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells. The study suggests that shipping companies will have to have made serious progress in this endeavor by 2030 in order to achieve their own emissions reduction goals. Fuel cells are becoming more…

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MIT researchers develop new battery system that can store and release heat

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New battery system can provide thermal energy when it is needed most A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the development of a new battery system that can store solar energy and release heat when it is needed. Researchers believe that the new system could be used to provide electricity for communities in developing parts of the world. In cities, the system could also be used to limit the amount of electricity that is consumed by residents, particularly during colder seasons. System can collect energy…

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Tesla keeps its promise to build battery system in 100 days or less

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Company has built a large-scale battery system in South Australia Tesla has followed through with its promise to build the world’s largest battery system in South Australia. The company has successfully completed the construction of a 100 megawatt battery facility. The new facility will be capable of supplying some 129 megawatt-hours of electrical power. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised the Australian government that the battery system would be completed within 100 days. Tesla was able to finish the project in less than two months. New battery system…

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GM looks to make electric vehicles cheaper with new batteries

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Affordable batteries could lower the price of electric vehicles Automaker General Motors hopes to see profits from its electric vehicles largely because they are equipped with less expensive batteries. The company is currently working to develop batteries that are approximately one-third less expensive than the batteries it currently uses. These batteries are expected to be used to power the 20 new electric vehicles that GM plans to introduce by 2023. Clean vehicles are still fighting for a place in the market GM has been struggling to sell its clean vehicles…

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