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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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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Global Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – HEV, PHEV and BEV Industry 2015 Market Research Report:MarketResearchReports.biz

MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Global Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – HEV, PHEV and BEV Industry 2015 Market Research Report” to its database. The Global Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – HEV, PHEV and BEV Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – HEV, PHEV and BEV industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry…

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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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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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Cost of electric vehicles is dropping quickly due to advances in battery technology

Battery technology is becoming more cost effective Electric vehicles are becoming more affordable at a rapid rate, and advances in technology may be the reason. In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have been dropping in price, largely due to companies, like Tesla, making significant advances in battery technology. Batteries are becoming more efficient and less expensive, which is likely to have an impact on the price of electric vehicles in the coming years. As these vehicles become less expensive, they are expected to become more attractive to consumers interested in clean…

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Batteries could be improved to make electric vehicles cheaper

An old type of battery may store far more energy and be less expensive than current lithium-ion EV batteries. Manufacturers of electric vehicles (EVs), and those interested in producing these green cars, are always hoping for improvements to be made to lithium-ion batteries, which power these vehicles, in order to extend the battery’s driving range and make it cheaper. However, Scientists from chemical company BASF are currently investigating an older type of battery that is showing promise where present lithium-ion batteries are not. The basic type of battery currently used…

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Batteries and Fuel Cells: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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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The Difference Between Fuel Cell Vehicles and Electric Vehicles

Clean transportation is a trend that has emerged in the auto industry that will not disappear any time soon. Much of the auto industry has taken up the call for the production of zero-emission vehicles and a new generation of these vehicles is expected to launch within the next few years. In the coming decades, it is likely that conventional, internal combustion vehicles will be replaced with electric vehicles, but whether these vehicles will be equipped with batteries or fuel cells has become a controversial issue. Most of the world’s…

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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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Tesla to invest in new clean technology initiative

Tesla has big plans when it comes to battery technology and transportation Tesla Motors has announced that it will be investing in the development of new lithium-ion battery technology that could revolutionize the global renewable energy market. The automaker has a vested interest in lithium-ion batteries because it exclusively produces electric vehicles. Battery technology has advanced significantly over the past several years, but Tesla believes that more can be done when it comes to improving this technology. Current battery technology has been facing a growing amount of criticism when it…

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Toyota comes to the defense of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel cells continue receiving criticism The auto industry has become quite interested in the future of hydrogen fuel and clean transportation, but not all automakers within the industry are convinced that fuel cells are a worthwhile investment. Recently, both Tesla Motors and Nissan have decried fuel cells, issuing some harsh criticism against the technology. Some automakers believe that fuel cells are nothing more than science fiction and too expensive to ever be viable in the near future. Others, however, believe that hydrogen fuel cells are well suited to overcome…

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China may be a battleground between hydrogen fuel cells and batteries

Auto industry sees major promise in China The auto industry is currently experiencing something of a revolution. Throughout the world, nations are embracing more environmentally friendly emissions regulations, with many of these regulations targeting transportation specifically. In order to continue participating in prominent markets, automakers have begun producing vehicles that comply with these regulations, thus leading to an increased focus on battery electric vehicles and those that run on hydrogen fuel cells. This has also caused a rift within the auto industry itself and sparked extreme competition between battery electrics…

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Plug Power to test hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders

Hydrogen fuel cells could increase the range of electric delivery trucks Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has plans to begin testing its GenDrive energy systems as potential range extenders for battery-powered delivery trucks. Electric vehicles are somewhat notorious for their relatively poor operational range when compared to more conventional vehicles. As such, electric vehicles are often avoided by consumers and businesses due to the inconvenience they represent. Hydrogen fuel cells may serve as effective range extenders for electric vehicles, thus solving the problems associated with low…

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Panasonic and Tesla team to address issues with electric vehicles

New partnership could usher in a new generation of electric vehicles Electric vehicle maker Tesla has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Japanese technology firm Panasonic. Through this partnership, the two companies will work to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries over the next four years. A significant degree of focus is expected to be placed on the storage capacity of these batteries, making more attractive to the transportation sector by improving the operational range of electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries must be improved for electric vehicles…

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US revives loan program to support hydrogen fuel and electric vehicles

Loan program could support the development of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries In early 2012, the U.S. Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program was put on hold by the federal government. The move was spurred by political tensions that began causing significant turbulence for the program during the 2012 presidential campaign. The program was meant to support the development of clean transportation, focusing on conventional electric vehicles as well as those powered by hydrogen fuel. Presidential candidates had begun using the program as a political tool before the…

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