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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New hydrogen fuel cell battery could help power mobile devices

Intelligent Energy invents new battery system to power smartphones Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of clean technology, has invented a new fuel cell that can power a smartphone. The company has designed a fuel cell battery that has shown that it can power a prototype iPhone 6 for more than a week. The iPhone 6 itself is very similar to its production model, but it has vents in the back in order to expel water vapor, which hydrogen fuel cells generate as they are producing electrical power. This vapor is…

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German automakers are torn on batteries and hydrogen fuel cells

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz differ on approach to clean transportation Three German automakers are trying to determine whether batteries or hydrogen fuel cells will be the future of transportation. Audi is one of these companies and has been working to expand the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in order to make them more efficient. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are placing their bets on hydrogen fuel cells, however. These automakers have already delivered pure electric vehicles to the commercial market, but their hopes in battery technology are dwindling. Fuel cells are more…

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Elon Musk believes that hydrogen fuel cells are extremely silly

Musk has little faith in hydrogen fuel cell technology Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk believes that using hydrogen fuel cells to power vehicles is irrational. Tesla has been making electric vehicles for some time now, suggesting that batteries are the best alternatives to conventional engines in transportation. The company has also been developing new battery technology in order to make electric vehicles of all kinds more efficient and attractive to consumers. When speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, Musk suggested that hydrogen fuel cells are “extremely silly.” Hydrogen may…

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Nanosize batteries could significantly improve green energy storage

Nanotechnology is the future of batteries. Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a single strand of human hair could be very promising future green energy storage solutions because they have the potential to store more energy for personal electronics, buildings, and cars, reported National Geographic. The miniscule battery can recharge numerous times and fully charge in just over 10 minutes. The breakthrough in battery technology has been in the creation of a “nanopore”, which is a hole in a ceramic sheet that is no thicker than a grain…

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New solar energy technology has the ability to store its own electricity

Team of researchers develop a solar panel that can also store energy A team of researchers from Ohio State University have made a major breakthrough, creating a way for solar panels to store electrical energy without using an external battery. Typically, solar panels, and other photovoltaic systems, produce electrical power, not store it. Solar energy systems must rely on batteries in order to store the power they produce, but finding ways to enable solar panels to store their own energy may lead to less expensive energy systems overall. Solar battery…

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Battery technology breakthrough made by NTU Singapore scientists

A battery has been developed that can recharge up to 70% in just two minutes. The new battery technology was created by scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and in addition to having the ability to recharge a massive percentage in such a short time it also has a longer lifespan than other batteries, lasting more than 20 years. These new batteries could have a hugely positive impact on the electric vehicles industry. Although there is no question that this technology is likely to have a broad scale impact…

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300-mile range electric vehicles may be on their way

Battery electrics with more than 300 miles of operational range could be seen within the next few years The next two generations of electric vehicles may be significantly more efficient than the current generation. Doctor Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development at Volkswagen, believes that electric vehicles with more than 300 miles of operation range will be seen in the near future. Currently, battery electric vehicles are the target of criticism for their relatively low efficiency and operational range. This is one of the reasons some people choose to avoid…

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Recycling technology produces new solar cells from old batteries

Researchers at MIT have found a new method for creating solar cells. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have discovered a recycling technology that will allow them to produce perovskite solar cells by using the lead in old lead-acid batteries. Lead is one of the common elements required to make perovskite cells. This type of solar cell is a new technology and a cheaper one because it requires elements that are more common compared to conventional silicon cells. Creating perovskite cells requires lower temperatures and is a far simpler process.…

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Tesla’s gigafactory could help the solar energy field

Gigafactory batteries could have an impact on the solar power sector Tesla Motors recently formed a partnership with Panasonic. Through this partnership, Panasonic will be providing technology and services to Tesla’s forthcoming “gigafactory,” which will be responsible for the manufacture of batteries. These batteries are primarily meant to be used in Tesla’s electric vehicles, but they could also have major implications for the solar energy sector. Batteries are becoming very important for the clean energy sector, which is in dire need of efficient and effective energy storage solutions. New gigafactory…

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The Fight Between Batteries and Fuel Cells

Transportation is changing. Throughout the auto industry, companies are beginning to focus their efforts on developing vehicles that produce zero emissions. Many are doing so in order to comply with emissions regulations being instituted in their most prominent markets, while others are looking to cater to changing consumer behavior, answering the call for cleaner vehicles and cleaner transportation. The issue, however, has become quite divisive for many people. There is currently a somewhat caustic debate concerning what sort of clean technology should power the future of transportation. The fight is…

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