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GS Yuasa International Ltd has completed initial development of a new advanced lithium secondary battery which has a "Sulfur - Porous Carbon Composite" positive electrode with 8 times higher capacity than that of conventional lithium ion battery, positive electrodes and a silicon based negative electrode with high capacity.
Seeo, a leading developer of advanced lithium polymer batteries, has announced the closing of its largest funding round to date, and the addition of Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation as an investor.
Daimler AG is expanding the production capacities for lithium-ion batteries with investments of around 100 million Euros in the Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary in coming years
GaN Systems Inc, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese company Daito Electron to distribute its gallium nitride high power switching transistors in Japan and Korea.
Load bearing structures that are also electronic or electrical are called structural electronics. This two-for-the-price-of-one approach can be more reliable, attractive and long-lived and it always saves space.
A local Indian company has built an electric sports car, Super Nova Electric Vehicle, that can cover 1,000 kilometres with a single charge of its batteries and at the speed of some 150 kms per hour.
Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it.
An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries.
In conjunction with Fjellstrand, a Norwegian shipyard, Siemens has developed the technology for the world's first electrically-powered car ferry. The fact that the electric ship, which will enter service in 2015, causes no carbon dioxide emissions is in part due to the electricity mix in Norway.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Monday 15 December discussing electric vehicles trends and opportunities.
A new electrode design for lithium-ion batteries has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles.
The second day of this excellent event had a huge number of short presentations in brief slots, a format that worked well.
This two yearly event again had about 400 delegates. Once again it provided a forum for the huge number of European and global EV related organisations with overlapping agendas. Of the hundreds of millions of dollars they spend each year, too much goes on soft topics such as consumer attitudes to car models that will not be with us for long or how cars may form a meaningful part of a smart grid over ten years from now.
In the race to find materials of ever increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay might have just taken the lead.
The A7 Sportback h tron quattro uses a powerful electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear.
The White House and U.S. Department of Energy announced private sector commitments to cut carbon pollution and reduce their dependence on foreign oil.
Watching a nearly silent aircraft fly past your bedroom window at night, fuelled by used vegetable oil and batteries is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the new UK aviation company, Faradair Aerospace Limited
Attendance was 40% up at the recent IDTechEx event in Santa Clara California with its 200+ exhibitors and nine parallel conferences. Supercapacitors conference and associated Masterclass had a larger attendance and sturdy debate.
The new IDTechEx report, Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025 forecasts in eleven categories because so much is now happening.
MIT startup, SolidEnergy has achieved 1337 Wh/L in energy density twice that of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and Tesla batteries which the company claim will disrupt more than 20 years of domination of the consumer electronics and electric vehicle industries by traditional Li-ion batteries.
The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of safer, cheaper, more powerful, and longer-lasting power sources, to be used in almost everything, from vehicles to phones.
Electrovaya Inc. has announced that it plans to acquire the assets of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant with capacity of about 0.5 Gigawatt hours of lithium ion electrodes and other products.
A consortium has signed a Letter of Commitment with the government of Jordan to begin the deployment phase of a network of solar powered electric vehicles charging stations across Jordan.
Using robotic ocean gliders, researchers have now found that swirling ocean eddies, similar to atmospheric storms, play an important role in transporting warm waters to the Antarctic coast—a discovery that will help the scientific community determine how rapidly the ice is melting and, as a result, how quickly ocean levels will rise.
A new type of driverless shuttle vehicle has been developed thanks to innovative computer vision guidance technology that enables the vehicle to locate itself on a roadway reliably and inexpensively.
How the future will be very different from the past
On November 12th, representatives of five major European bus manufacturers (Daimler Buses (EvoBus), MAN, Solaris, Van Hool and VDL Bus & Coach) have signed a joint Letter of Understanding at the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking's (FCH JU) Stakeholders Forum in Brussels.
Researchers have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.
E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver. Researchers are working on electric cars that can travel short distances autonomously.
Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park.
CSEM announces the world's first white solar modules.
GKN has produced the industry's first two-speed eAxle. The technology has entered production on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
The SolaRoad pilot road has been opened. This is the first road in the world that converts sunlight into electricity.
A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a breakthrough in nanotechnology research.
Two driverless vehicles are being deployed, free-of-charge for public use inSingapore.
A long-lived catalyst facilitates the first steps toward a viable small-scale on-board hydrogen generator.
KLD of the USA is collaborating with MINTH Group of Ningbo City, China on its thin film based traction motor technology.
The market for hybrid and pure electric cars homologated as such is set to be $188 billion in 2025 according to IDTechEx analysis.
Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulphide.
BYD is testing its 12 meter long electric bus with some transport companies in Mexico, soon will integrate its 8 meter long model and by mid-2015 incorporate its articulated unit.
Korea's LG Chem, will start construction of their new electric-car battery plant in Nanjing, China, to meet growing demand in the world's biggest car market.
Graphene NanoChem and Sync R&D have entered into an agreement to develop a 'next generation', graphene-enhanced lithium-ion battery for electric buses.
An innovative method for powering EVs that drastically reduces the number of batteries.
Electric and hybrid vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $30 billion market in 2025.
Maxwell Technologies Incorporated has announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.
The final exterior design of Detroit Electric's all-new, pure electric two-seater sport scar, the SP:01, has been revealed as the company gears up for production.
Two Project ResQu helicopters developed by CSIRO completed trial flights near Cairns, locating weeds like the dreaded 'purple plague', or Miconia calvescens, faster and more reliably than ever.
New world record: Scientists increased the manufacturing speed of electrode foils coated batch-wise by a factor of three - to 100 meters per minute.
Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important emerging technologies this century.
BYD Motors has unveiled The Lancaster eBus, a break-through, 60-foot, articulated battery-electric bus that can drive 170+ miles with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers, and was in development for almost two years.
Researchers have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge.
Flexible batteries have had a difficult time because they are much more expensive than coin cells and they usually store relatively little energy. Nonetheless, there is pent up demand.
Scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.
Taxi organisations BIOS-groep and BBF SchipholTaxi will take charge of all taxi services departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This means the introduction of 168 fully electric taxis.
Adds Experienced Manager to its Rapidly Growing Japan Team. Tokyo, Japan and Cambridge, UK - Oct. 20, 2014 - IDTechEx the leader in market research on emerging technologies today announced the expansion of its Japan office with the hiring of Mr. Yasuo Yamamoto as its head of business development in Japan.
Scientists have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes.
For many years the EV has been typically considered to be a box for people to sit in with a box inside called the battery that is a very limiting factor and an electric motor driving the wheels directly or in parallel with a gasoline engine. The radical approach of a motor in two or more wheels is gaining favour in a steadily increasing minority of cases to save space and improve performance cost and suspension challenges are being tackled.
Electric Vehicles on a roll, with the global market forecast for all hybrid and pure electric vehicles expected to exceed $533 billion in 2025.
A fleet of seven robotic vehicles were launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days, and will be collecting scientific data about ocean processes and marine life.
cientists from Nanyang Technological University and German Aerospace Centre have invented a 2-in-1 electric motor which increases the range of electric vehicles.
Engineers have constructed the world's first electrical motor applying a textile material; carbon nanotube yarn.
Researchers have unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.
The unique market research report "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Electric UAVs 2014-2024" examines what will be achieved and the enabling technologies that will make it possible.
Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions within fuel cells.
DHL Parcel will soon launch a unique pilot project on the North Sea island of Juist: For the first time worldwide, medications and other urgently needed goods will be delivered to the island at certain times of the day by DHL's electric quadcopter.
A new method developed for studying battery failures points to the potential next step in extending lithium ion battery lifetime and capacity, opening a path to wider use of these batteries in conjunction with renewable energy sources.
A new battery research platform has been inaugurated in Ulm, Germany.
Solutions primarily geared towards customer demands for more environmentally friendly propulsion systems, not to mention compact, powerful and maintenance-friendly solutions for the open sea.
An electric car built by Brigham Young University engineering students has once again set a world land speed record, this time besting the previous mark by nearly 50 mph.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid will be officially launched at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show which opens this week. Volvo has already signed contracts with several European cities for the first deliveries.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 30 September.
Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion technology in the dust.
The event Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Forum consisted a conference with about 70 delegates and a small display area for a few organisations. It was very pan European with delegates from the UK to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Russia and Romania but also further afield such as Japan, South Korea and the USA - professors, industrialists and developers. Here we give some details of the presentations that particularly caught our attention.
Electronics embedded within the structure of bridges, walkways, EVs, aircraft and more, have the potential to be a $60 billion market by 2025.
Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the technology to make a fully autonomous car will be ready in five or six years, and the result will be a vehicle far less likely to harm occupants and others on the road.
The event Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Forum consisted a conference with about 70 delegates and a small display area for a few organisations. Here we give some details of the presentations that particularly caught our attention.
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought - and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
The Reed Exhibitions event last week consisting of PV Expo, Battery Osaka and Smart Grid Expo successfully extended an event that started with photovoltaics last year.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an agreement with telecommunications operator Orange, to supply it with a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for its needs in France.
Several proposed new state policies would open up the Nevada market for electric vehicles, according to a new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
Researchers have shown that a vehicle navigation tool they created can cut electric vehicle energy use up to 51 percent.
Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory.
Renault and Bolloré are joining forces to promote electric vehicles (EVs) as part of three agreements relating to industrial cooperation, the founding of a joint-venture to sell EV car sharing solutions and a feasibility study on the development of a specific new Renault vehicle for car-sharing plans.
Linkker Oy has announced that the manufacturing on their VISEDO electric drive train based bus will begin.
Airbus and South Africa's National Aerospace Centre are to jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners.
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx, will be speaking at the inaugural EV Summit at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on the 16th September; alongside the Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport.
A group of scientists from South Korea have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.
The latest news from China is that production of electric and hybrid vehicles surged by 280 percent year on year in the first seven months, mainly due to Chinese government incentives.
A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does.
Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority's new electric BYD bus is performing better than advertised.
On-board chargers and DC-DC converters use similar components to the inverters that are the main focus of this article and they face the same issues in the main, such as improving space, weight, cost and efficiency.
The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has confirmed that its course cars for the inaugural season will be fitted with Qualcomm Halo™ wireless charging technology - an inductive charging system which allows the car's battery to be charged without the use of cables.
The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.
Electric vehicles will feature strongly in this year's MPG Marathon for the first time - but the drivers will have to plan their recharging points carefully if they want to finish first in their class.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) has presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.
Maxwell Technologies, Inc has announced that Win Inertia is using its ultracapacitors for a stationary wayside braking energy recuperation system at an electric rail system in Cerro Negro, Spain.
Savvy participants in the electric vehicles business see beyond the obvious e-bikes, e-cars and e-buses where little money is made. The other half of the value market is where most of the profits will be made and it is replete with new sub-markets coming from nowhere.
Those making or intending to make electric cars or their components have big strategy decisions ahead.
Graphene could radically improve batteries and supercapacitors as explained in the new IDTechEx report Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025.
Can a fuel cell consume rather than produce CO2 to create energy?
National Electric Vehicle Sweden an international consortium formed by Japanese, Swedish and Chinese stakeholders who bought Saab in 2012, have issued a statement to confirm the company is not insolvent.
A new ferry, named Texelstroom is being built for Dutch ferry operator TESO and will run between Texel Island and the Holland mainland.
Engineers have achieved a breakthrough in the race for safer, longer-lasting batteries to power the world's automobiles, cell phones, computers and autonomous robots.
The V-CHARGE consortium, comprising six partners from four countries, is working on a fully automated parking - and charging - system for electric cars at public car parks.
The UK government is committing up to £10m in further research and real world trials that would allow and encourage driverless cars to be used in the UK.
The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology set a new Swedish fuel efficiency record with 181.5 km/kWh in the Shell Eco Marathon competition.
UK-based Cenex is part of a consortium which has just completed a two-year project to reduce both the weight and cost of EV batteries, succeeding by shaving 99 pounds, or about 41% of the weight off a standard EV battery.
Researchers have used a special type of graphene material, called holey graphene framework because of its three-dimensional perforated structure, to advance the energy density of an electrochemical capacitor to levels equal to those of lead acid batteries.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 19 August.
Skeleton Technologies, European manufacturer of ultracapacitor technology for energy efficiency in transportation, industrial and defence and space applications, has completed Round A financing of €3.9 million (US$5.4 million).
Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre has selected the University of Warwick as the site for its Hub location, supporting the ten year, £1 billion industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon propulsion systems.
Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory.
Researchers report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades - design a pure lithium anode.
Water-borne electric vehicles are much more than 100 year old river boats, toy boats on ponds and tiny trolling outboards for leisure fishing. The rapidly increasing military, commercial and industrial applications now dwarf leisure applications in value and sophistication.
This article primarily investigates the hybrid and pure electric powertrains and electrics being used or considered for UAVs and the new missions made possible by electrification. UAVs survey military threats but also the melting ice caps and natural disasters. They can carry ordnance but also drop aid and locate disaster survivors and lost climbers and trekkers. Little wonder then that new electric UAVs are announced frequently these days.
IDTechEx has visited many supercapacitor manufacturers and interviewed several professors who have presented at IDTechEx events on the subject. This article highlights some of our findings from those interviews.
ABB has announced a partnership with Volvo Buses, one of the world's leading bus manufacturers, to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems.
Researchers have developed a platinum-yttrium catalyst which is stable and even more active than the existing platinum catalysts. This paves the way for cheaper fuel cells.
It is now clear that progress with batteries that are candidates to replace lithium-ion batteries is so slow that they will rule the roost for the coming decade.
Canadian company Ballard Power Systems is supplying a FCvelocity®-HD7 fuel cell power module to a North American bus manufacturer.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report, "Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025", forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
IDTechEx Research's brand new report, "Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025", forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
The BMW Group and Samsung SDI plan to expand their supply relationship for battery cells for electro-mobility.
Joint Venture to produce a new line of safe ultra-high performance lithium ion batteries for consumer electronic devices, power tools, and electric vehicles (EVs).
A team of scientists is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: create a battery five times better than the ones we use today.
Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles.
Range extenders are the engine part of series hybrids for land, water and air whether plug-in or not. Plug-in cars alone promise to be a $122 billion market in 2024 which means a very large marker for range extenders - probably over $60 billion in 2024 - that are smaller, lighter weight, have less noise and vibration, can be mounted any way up, are preferably multi-fuel and more effiecient and clean and have lower up-front cost and cost-over-life.
The German Agricultural Society Field Days 2014, held recently showcased many new innovations in crop production for the German and other European producers present. This year's event had special emphasis on drones, notably quadcopters and other multicopters for spotting disease, underwatering and many other conditions plus some fixed wing versions.
When representative of OPEC, Sheik Yamani famously said, "The stone age did not end for lack of stones", it is now clear that the coming decade will see a collapse of coal power and not because coal supplies are running out. The writing is on the wall for oil as well - it will help electric vehicles because it will no longer be true that they use "dirty" electricity in the main.
A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has travelled the 1968 kilometres from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England without having to refuel - and on reaching its destination still had enough fuel left for a further 160 kilometres.
In two parts of the world — along the U.S. and Canadian coasts, and in the Baltic and North seas as well as the English Channel — the SOx limits are ultra-strict. As of 2010, the sulfur content of marine fuel in these "emission control areas" must be 1 percent or lower. As of 2015, the sulfur content must be 0.1 percent or lower.
The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material.
Fuel cells use oxygen and hydrogen as fuel to create electricity; if the process were run in reverse, the fuel cells could be used to store electricity, as well.
The replacement of batteries means grabbing a chunk of the lithium-ion battery market in particular but also inroads into lead-acid and nickel metal hydride territory.
The IDTechEx report on electric motors External Link has become a highly regarded reference book dealing with land, water and airborne electric vehicles so suppliers can see their total addressable market and users can identify best practice, wherever it first appears.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand.
The California Air Resources Board have taken two separate actions that combined will continue to support the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, provide incentives for clean-cars and improve existing vehicle retirement and replacement programs.
IDTechEx are hosting a free webinar following research from the revised report Electric Motors for Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025: Land, Water and Air.
Corvus Energy and Scandlines have announced the completion of the commissioning for the Scandlines' fleet of hybrid ferries: the M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein and M/V Prins Richard. They represent the largest fleet of hybrid ferries in operation today.
On October 2014, 70 Toyota i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles, and around 30 charging stations developed and managed by EDF's subsidiary Sodetrel, will be open for service for a period of three years thanks to a unique partnership between the City and the Metropolitan Area of Grenoble, French energy company EDF, Japanese car maker Toyota and Citélib, a local car-sharing operator.
Chemists have now synthesized a new material that could show the way forward to state-of-the-art lithium-sulfur batteries.
Innovative nano-material based supercapacitors are set to bring mass market appeal a good step closer to the lukewarm public interest in Germany.
Motiv Power Systems has raised $7.3 million in growth capital from investors led by Colorado's Magness Investment Group.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and General Motors are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development.