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US backs studies of ‘breakthrough electrolytes’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
US backs studies of ‘breakthrough electrolytes’

Energy chiefs in the US are backing the launch of an ‘Energy Frontier Research Center’ (EFRC) as part of research into “breakthrough electrolytes for energy storage”.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $10.75 million to set up the EFRC at Case Western Reserve University.

 

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US lab team ‘develops new compound for redox flow batteries’

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:13 -- Xuan Zhong
US lab team ‘develops new compound for redox flow batteries’

Research published by scientists in the US indicates an organic molecule used in dyes and antibiotics “may be the key to less expensive, more efficient redox flow batteries”.

The scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) team have developed a “highly reversible, water soluble material based on phenazine”— that could serve as an alternative to vanadium used in grid-scale batteries.

 

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Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:11 -- John Shepherd
Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

A “large-scale battery” research lab is being set up in Wales with the backing of key industry players.

The University of South Wales has been awarded GBP995,000 ($1.3 million) to invest in the project at its Power Systems Laboratory in Treforest.

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German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:57 -- John Shepherd
German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

The German government is backing research in the country designed to help “safeguard the future of lead-acid batteries”.

Goals of the AddESun project include helping the lead industry to achieve “more sustainable production, improved charging behaviour, longer service life and higher power density”.

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US cash boost for energy storage research

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:58 -- Xuan Zhong
US cash boost for energy storage research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $30 million shot in the arm for energy storage research.

The funding is part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme aimed at developing “innovative technologies for long-duration energy storage on the power grid”— providing reliable electricity for between 10 and around 100 hours.

 

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Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Researchers in the US say they have developed a new technique using heat to “enable lithium-metal self-healing” to eliminate the dendrite build-up in battery anodes.

The team at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim to have discovered a way to use internal battery heat “to diffuse the dendrites into a smooth layer”.

 

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NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say they have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

In a proof-of-concept paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the research team said they have pioneered a method to enable the reversible chemistry of magnesium metal in the noncorrosive carbonate-based electrolytes and tested the concept in a prototype cell.

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Singapore to host solid state research joint venture

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:47 -- John Shepherd
Singapore to host solid state research joint venture

A new $20 million batteries research lab is being set up in Singapore to study how innovative nanomaterials could be used to produce “safer and more efficient” batteries.

The lab, jointly financed by Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec and the NanoBio Lab of the Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which will be housed in Singapore’s biomedical research hub— Biopolis.

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:36 -- John Shepherd
US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:33 -- John Shepherd

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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