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Award winning US Harvard University scientist charged over links with China

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An award winning US Harvard University scientist who reportedly worked on nano-wire-based lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 

Dr. Charles Lieber has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston, US, at a later date. He was arrested on 28 January.

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Anode material opens path to fast charging lithium-ion batteries

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:16 -- Paul Crompton

US scientists could provide insights into battery materials that allow the rapid charging of electric vehicles after making observations on how ions move in lithium titanate electrode material.

A team led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory captured, in real time, how lithium ions move in the material (made of lithium, titanium, and oxygen).

Image: Brookhaven scientists (left to right) Deyu Lu, Mehmet Topsakal, Yimei Zhu, Lijun Wu, and Feng Wang

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Enevate unveils lithium-ion silicon anode that gives fast charging EV batteries 400km driving range

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

A US firm is claiming to have developed a lithium-ion silicon anode that will give electric vehicles 30% more range in a single charge.

California-based Enevate has designed a porous silicon anodes that it says can hold more lithium ions and move them around faster and at lower cost than traditional anode materials.

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German project aims to boost EV lithium-ion battery size and manufacturing abilities

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany to bridge the gap from prototype demonstration to industrial mass production of large-format lithium-ion cells.

Launched earlier this month, the ZellkoBatt project will look at reducing the costs of components and digitising manufacturing processes for cells to be used in automotive applications.

The research will include large-format pouch and PHEV-2 cells up to 80Ah and 21700 cylindrical cells.

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Firms in talks to field trial Al-air batteries in electric vehicles in India

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:18 -- Paul Crompton

Trials of aluminium-air batteries in electric vehicles could begin in India after Indian Oil, a minority stakeholder in battery developer Phinergy, began talks with a domestic vehicle OEM.

Depending on the outcome of the talks Israeli firm Phinergy’s technology could be tested in field trials by the unnamed electric vehicle maker.

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AI predicts method for fast-charging EVs while minimising lithium-ion battery degradation

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:13 -- Paul Crompton

Artificial intelligence could have given clues on the best method for fast-charging electric vehicles thanks to a study at the US’ Stanford University.

Instead of charging at the highest current at the beginning of the charge, the computer’s algorithm suggested using the highest current in the middle of the charge. 

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- Paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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Test quickens identification of EV packs for second-life use

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

A fast process for grading used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles has been developed by researchers in the UK using old packs from vehicle OEM Nissan.

The team from WMG, University of Warwick, worked with electronics firm Ametek to embed algorithms that can be used to grade second-life batteries.

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SK Innovation to target EV market with cells from its first ‘overseas’ lithium-ion gigafactory

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:43 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea’s battery maker SK Innovation will begin mass production of lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles at its new plant dubbed BEST early next year.

Operations at the 168,000 square meter plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, will begin after test operation and product approvals, following completion of the battery line.

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BMW secures €10 billion lithium-ion cell supply with CATL and Samsung

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:35 -- Paul Crompton

German vehicle OEM BMW has secured long-term supply deals worth a total of €10 billion ($11 billion) from lithium-ion cell manufacturers Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Samsung SDI.

The supply agreements come as BMW forges ahead with e-mobility plans.

The biggest deal bolsters the company’s relationship with China’s CATL, increasing last year’s €4 billion ($4.4 billion) supply deal to €7.3 billion ($8 billion). The 11-year contract starts next year.

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