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Researchers develop pathway to commercialisation of solid-state batteries

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:51 -- Paul Crompton

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a four-point plan to speed the commercialisation of solid-state batteries.

The researchers focused on inorganic solid electrolytes such as ceramic oxides or sulfide glasses. 

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Mercedes teams up with power provider to deploy grid-scale ESS

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:17 -- Paul Crompton

Swiss power provider Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, have signed a deal to deliver a 1.5MW/1.4 MWh energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries.

In its role of general contractor, Alpiq will supply the energy management system and is responsible for the planning, installation and sales of the system

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Researchers combine tomography methods to investigate lithium-ion battery failure modes

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An international team of researchers have used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the processes that leads to electrode capacity degradation in lithium batteries. 

Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and University College London investigated degradation on electrode surfaces during cycling using a combination of the two tomography methods.

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Researchers use radio frequency to detect health of commercial lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:38 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories have developed a radio-frequency detector that monitors a lithium-ion battery’s health while cycling— a first for commercially available batteries.

Placed inside the battery, the paper-thin magnetic resonance detector could help researchers better understand and characterise batteries to improve them for renewable storage and national security applications.

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Quantum leap for battery research as team use super computer to develop lithium-sulfur batteries

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at IBM and vehicle OEM Daimler have used a quantum computer to help them design next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries.

Scientists used quantum hardware to calculate the dipole moment of three lithium-containing molecules for lithium hydride (LiH) using four qubits— a basic unit of quantum information— on IBM’s Q Valencia quantum computer.

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Solid-state battery breakthrough first stage in doubling energy density of lithium-ion cells

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have reported a way of using common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes for solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The scientists’ new solid polymer electrolyte system, based on a new lithium transport mechanism, was weakly bonded to the lithium-ion to replace the liquid solvents typically used as electrolytes in battery cells.

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EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
Robert Murray-Smith

Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

The LoI paves the way for the integration of EEStor’s composition modified barium titanate (CMBT) powder and the UK firm’s graphene and carbon-based materials.  

 

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BASF and NGK strengthen sodium-sulfur battery partnership with stationary storage JDA

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK Insulators and German BASF New Business (BNB) are expanding their business relationship to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries.

NGK and BNB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries for stationary applications.

Image: Right Dr. Frank Prechtl (BASF New Business) Tatsumi Ichioka (NGK Insulators LTD)

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Scientists tackle power and stability concerns to develop cathode for sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:19 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at the University of Maryland have re-designed battery cathodes to make more efficient, stable and affordable rechargeable sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries.

The researchers, backed by an international group of collaborators, have used polymeric hexaazatrinaphthalene (PHATN), based on the organic compound pyrazine, as a high-capacity, fast-charging cathode material.

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E.ON to replace lead-acid for nickel batteries in European substation

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 09:50 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s Uptimax

Power utility E.ON is replacing lead-acid backup power batteries from a distribution substation in the north west of Hungary with Saft’s nickel cadmium technology. 

The pilot project aims to show how Saft’s Uptimax maintenance-free nickel pocket plate batteries can be installed as a direct Plug and Play replacement for time-served lead-acid batteries. 

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