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Nickel metal Hydride technologies fight back from Nice

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton
Nickel metal Hydride technologies fight back from Nice

With lithium-ion products exploding loudly (in press terms at least) two nickel metal hydride manufacturers staged something of a fight back on the battery stage in Nice offering improved across-the-board temperature performance, new electrode alloys and the all important deal closer— reliability.

ARTS Energy, the former SAFT small cell NiMH subsidiary sold off in the last decade, claimed a wide temperature performance (up to 70ºC) and a longer life.

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No surprises from Toyota at AABC

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 13:50 -- Paul Crompton
No surprises from Toyota at AABC
Michael Lord of Toyota hardly gave attendees at Advanced Automotive Europe a “sneak preview” of the 4th generation Prius. The details were available as long ago as last September.

Officanados of the vehicle won’t be able to spot much of a difference unless they have the spec sheet, and even that wasn’t available in the conference proceedings.

Perhaps this reflects a little disillusion from the company that still leads the way in hybrid sales, but perhaps that because European sales of hybrids and electrics aren’t really that much to write home about — still less than 3% of overall car sales.

With the event being the premier gathering of the great and the good in European battery and automotive technology, one might have expected more from the global leader.  

Lord explained that even in generation four there will still be a choice between nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion cells from Panasonic. This doesn’t reflect Toyota hedging its bets on lithium— more a case of squeezing every last cent from the nickel metal hydride line.

Close observers will see whatever battery is chosen now finds itself out of the trunk and under the rear passenger seat and with a 10% reduction in volume. Overall the company has achieved reductions of more than 20% in terms of mechanical and electrical losses and this leads to a 10% improvement in fuel economy.

But with gasoline prices edging ever downwards (for now), the pre collision braking is likely to be a bigger draw. If you’re confused about which way to go with batteries, so is the car industry: read the editor’s blog on AABC here and see a full report in the Spring issues ( subscribe here).

 

CEC says 1.5million lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride EV batteries to reach End Of Life by 2030

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:14 -- Paul Crompton
CEC says 1.5million lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride EV batteries to reach End Of Life by 2030

Almost 1.5 million electric vehicle batteries will reach end-of-life by 2030, a report by a US environmental organisation warns.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) report states almost half of those EOL batteries will be lithium-based, with the remainder nickel metal hydride.

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Amsterdam no dope when it comes to battery recycling

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:38 -- Paul Crompton
Amsterdam no dope when it comes to battery recycling

The Netherlands collected 87,000 kilograms (87 tonnes) of mainly lithium-ion and Nickel Metal Hydride electric bicycle batteries last year.

The collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of batteries and accumulators are ruled at European level by Directive 2006/66/EC, also known as the battery directive.

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Highpower HEV/PHEV lithium-ion battery gets Chinese bus approval

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:07 -- Laura Varriale
Highpower International

Chinese lithium and nickel-metal hydride battery developer Highpower International has received final product approval for its 20Ah lithium-ion battery.

The high-density battery is designed for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Highpower International aims to supply the battery to the bus transportation industry.

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China records strong lead-acid, lithium-ion battery growth

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:07 -- Laura Varriale
China battery industry

China's lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industries recorded double-digit growth in 2013 while nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium exports fell, according to a report by SinoMarketInsight.

The report, 'China Battery Industry Report 2014-2017', states the yield of lead-acid batteries in China was 205m kVA, 15.4% more than 2012. This is somewhat of a rebound following the 2011 crackdown on what the Chinese government euphemistically called 'backward lead-acid and secondary lead industry production capacities'.

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Integrated circuit recharges batteries

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:06 -- Ruth Williams

Semiconductor developer, STMicroelectronics, has brought out a new integrated circuit (IC) that uses a thermo-electric generator to power electronic circuits and recharge batteries.

The IC uses ambient light or thermal energy to power small electronic devices such as wireless sensors, smart-building and industrial equipment controls.

 

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