BMW is betting on both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for the future of transportation

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BMW will be supporting both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells How the world powers its vehicles will be determined within the next 10 years, according to Ian Robertson, head of global sales and marketing for BMW. In recent years, BMW has been showing a greater interest in moving away from fossil-fuels in order to become more environmentally friendly and better accommodate the changing needs of consumers. The automaker believes that either hydrogen fuel cells or battery systems will become the primary method of powering future vehicles. Batteries and fuel cells…

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New flow battery could bring about a brighter future for renewable energy

Flow Battery - Renewable Energy

SEAS researchers have developed a new flow battery Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a flow battery that can operate for a decade. The new battery could be a major breakthrough in energy storage and the use of clean power. With an extensive lifespan, the battery could have a major impact on the residential sector, where renewable energy is becoming much more popular. The battery could also be used for other purposes, such as storing electricity for industrial purposes or…

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Study highlights the benefits of battery electric vehicles over those with fuel cells

New study draws attention to the advantages of battery electric vehicles A new study from researchers at Stanford University in the United States and the Technical University in Germany suggest that plug-in electric vehicles may be significantly more viable than their counterparts powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The study envisions a scenario approximately 30 years from now when new technology is more widely used and considerably more affordable. The study also envisions a future where a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting battery electrics and fuel cell vehicles comfortably. Batteries may…

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Market for large clean vehicles set to grow through 2026

Sale of electric buses to increase in coming decade Electric buses are set to become more plentiful throughout the world, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The market for medium and heavy duty electric drive buses is growing quickly, with hybrid, plug-in hybrids, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells all becoming more prominent within this sector. Governments throughout the world have embraced legislation that call for a reduction in emissions production. In order to accomplish this, these governments have been investing more heavily in clean vehicles. Report predicts that…

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Toyota has tamed battery technology

Automaker believes that it has solved the problems associated with battery technology Japanese automaker Toyota has made an ambitious claim. The company suggests that it has “tamed” lithium-ion battery technology. The claim follows years in which Toyota seemingly lost interest in battery technology, opting instead to support hydrogen fuel cells and more conventional solutions. Toyota has a long history with batteries, however, and during the company’s lull in outright support for battery technology, Toyota seems to have made major advances with its batteries. Toyota has made batteries safer and more…

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New solar energy system aims to make homes more efficient

SunCulture Solar introduces new solar energy system equipped with a battery solution and its own mobile app A four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar has designed a new solar panel that is unlike anything that has been seen before. The solar panel incorporates battery technology as well as smart sensors and software that allow it to link to a computer network and smartphone application. Called SolPads, the new energy system is capable of communicating with its users and can be installed in a relatively small area, such as a balcony. SolarPads…

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New material could help improve electric vehicles in the future

Chemists develop new material that combines qualities of batteries and supercapacitors Chemists from Northwestern University have developed a powerful new material that could have major benefits for electric vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles rely heavily on a complicated system of batteries and supercapacitors that allow them to operate and increases the energy they have access to, allowing them to operate for longer periods of time. The new material developed by chemists combines the quality of supercapacitors and batteries. As such, the material can be used to replace the complex systems used…

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Range anxiety is proving to be a problem for electric vehicles

Lacking efficiency is slowing the adoption of clean vehicles Electric vehicles are gaining momentum throughout the world, but these environmentally friendly cars still face one major challenge. “Range anxiety” may be preventing consumers from purchasing electric vehicles. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Santa Fe Institute highlights the issues associated with the efficiency of electric vehicles. The capability of batteries has created some skepticism among consumers, many of whom would opt to purchase more conventional vehicles rather than those equipped with battery systems. Study shows…

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Tesla and Toyota rank highly in their support for renewable energy and clean technology

Automakers win high ranking from MIT Technology Review Tesla Motors and Toyota are considered two of the “smartest” companies in the world, partly due to their focus on renewable energy, according to the MIT Technology Review. The magazine is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Every year, the magazine chooses 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. This year, Tesla and Toyota were the only two automakers to make the cut. Recently, these two companies have begun winning a significant amount of praise for…

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Samsung SDI abandons hydrogen fuel cells in favor of batteries

Samsung will no longer be working on developing fuel cell technology Samsung SDI is preparing to abandon hydrogen fuel cells in order to show more support for battery technology. Samsung SDI has chosen to completely drop its fuel cell division, shifting the resources used to support fuel cell research and development to its battery division. These batteries will play a major role in the transportation space, powering electric vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Samsung SDI already holds a significant presence in the battery market. Batteries may have a better…

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Toyota scientists make a breakthrough that could benefit electric vehicles

Scientists make a breakthrough in battery technology that could be good news for clean transportation Scientists working with Toyota have made a significant breakthrough that could lead to better battery technology. The breakthrough may allow for the development of smaller, longer-lasting batteries, which would make use of magnesium-based electrolytes rather than those comprised of lithium. This breakthrough may be a major benefit for clean transportation, making electric vehicles more accommodating of consumer demands in the future. Scientists managed to discover the battery improvement while working on a more effective way…

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Samsung SDI to abandon development of hydrogen fuel cells

Samsung SDI to focus exclusively on batteries, moving away from fuel cells Samsung SDI has announced that it will be shedding its fuel cell development program, which it claims has become too expensive to be considered viable. After the program is let go, the company will realign its focus, committing more of its resources to what it has been successfully doing for the past several years — developing batteries for a variety of different sectors. In order to focus more heavily on developing these batteries, the company will no longer…

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Innovative smartphone battery charger can fully charge a phone in less than one minute

New technology can charge phones up to 200 times faster than normal charging speeds. StoreDot is a startup based in Israel that has developed a unique technology that enables a specialized lithium-ion battery to rapidly charge. The company’s instant-charging battery, called the Flashbattery, can pull in enough power in one minute and store it to last for nearly a full day. According to the company, it is compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables and includes a FlashCharger. This charger can juice up a smartphone within minutes or in even…

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Scientists develop green technology from harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms can be used as high-performance and low-cost electrodes for Na-ion batteries. A team of researchers, led by environmental engineer Dr. Da Deng at Wayne State University in Detroit, have discovered that harmful algal blooms (HABs) can be converted into high-performance electrodes for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries. This green technology discovery is good news because, according to Deng, electrodes for Na-ion batteries have the potential to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The researchers have found a good use for an otherwise highly harmful substance. The researchers published a paper regarding…

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Advanced and Post Lithium-ion Batteries will account for $14 billion by 2026

Lithium-ion is the best battery technology we have ever seen. It has increased energy density by 5% per year and decreased its cost at 8% per year. However it will not achieve transformative factors of five in cost and performance and this is just because of the inherent material limitations. View Report at http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/analysis/386435 A new generation of battery technologies will be required in order to address the existing and future challenges of the increasingly complex energy systems our society will require in the future. Better batteries will be required not…

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New battery technology could be cost-effective renewable energy storage solution

Clean energy storage may have gotten greener and cheaper. A research paper published in the journal Science reveals that a team of Harvard researchers have developed an innovative battery technology by removing toxins from a flow battery, which they claim can store renewable energy in a safe, non-flammable, non-toxic, and cheap way. An eco-friendly flow battery could be important to the future. Energy and resource issues are a growing problem that many, including members of the Harvard research team, believe will only become worse in the coming years. However, the…

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