News Articles with Category: Batteries

New batteries that mimic the human intestine could store 5 times more energy

November 13, 2016 - via University of Cambridge The research, led by a team from the University of Cambridge in the UK, overcomes one of the major drawbacks of lithium-sulphur batteries, which is that they degrade much faster than lithium-ion cells, despite their superior energy density.

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Pressure-tolerant batteries promise improved performance for deep-dive underwater vehicles

November 10, 2016 - via The Engineer As vehicles go deeper, the pressure vessels become excessively heavy and expensive and AUVs with internal batteries become limited by the fact that these batteries have to be recharged.

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High-performance lithium sulphur batteries for deep-dive underwater vehicles move a step closer

November 10, 2016 - via Steatite Batteries The Consortium aims to produce a pressure-tolerant battery pack that delivers increased energy storage and that can be hot swapped to improve operational use.

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Coating Stops Exploding Batteries Thermal breakdown beat at a cost

November 10, 2016 - via EE Times The atomic layer coatings are chemically bonded on the surface of active material particles that make up the Li-Ion battery cathode. It works like a protective coating on an M&M. Independent testing and research has shown that ALD coatings can prevent or reduce the formation of these unwanted chemical species within Li-Ion batteries that can lead exothermic reactions [thermal runaway]

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New Lithium Battery technology Takes Guts

November 1, 2016 - via In the new lithium-sulphur battery, researchers used tiny zinc oxide wires to form a layer of material with a villi-like structure. These villi cover one electrode and can trap fragments of the active material when they break off, allowing them to continue participating in the electrochemical reaction that produces electricity.

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EaglePicher's Grand Opening of New Lithium Ion Center of Excellence

October 21, 2016 - via EaglePitcher The Lithium Ion Center of Excellence provides a reliable, high-volume supply of critical items identified as essential for national defense, alleviating concerns regarding market volatility and uncertainty within the current international market.

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New Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Solution Fearlessly Deploys 100% Silicon

October 12, 2016 - via LeydenJar The company has come up with a new version of lithium-ion battery technology that uses 100% silicon instead of graphite.

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100 times faster-charging battery technology developed

October 10, 2016 - via Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology The new hybrid energy storage has higher capacity than ordinary secondary batteries and has as much high-speed charging and output capability as supercapacitors,” the ministry said. “This means that the new technology can charge 200Wh/kg of energy in about 30 seconds and reach 130Wh/kg of energy density in 20 seconds at maximum output

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Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

September 28, 2016 - via Green Tech Media New research suggests the technology is hitting its upper limits in efficiency—but some say the analysis misses the wider point about lithium-ion’s importance in the battery market.

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Battery Researchers Unlock the Secret of Lithium Metal Dendrites

September 27, 2016 - via MIT Understanding the nature of the lithium deposits and finding an effective control mechanism opens the door to more efficient batteries. Replacing conventional carbon-based anodes with lithium metal could cut lithium-ion battery weight and volume in half while maintaining capacity and output current.

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DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

September 26, 2016 - via U.S. Department of Transportation PHMSA is seeking input from industry regarding potential approaches to reducing the anticipated costs of the proposed rule while achieving the same or improved safety benefits. The comment period for the proposed rule closes on November 7, 2016.

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General Atomics Lithium-Ion Battery Systems Selected for New Navy Submersible

September 22, 2016 - via General Atomics LiFT battery systems are high-energy density solutions for both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. LiFT’s single cell fault tolerance prevents uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading cell failure. This not only ensures the safety of any on-board personnel, but also ensures systems continue to operate through faults to enable mission completion.

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Tesla to Complete Massive Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Project in California

September 15, 2016 - via Tesla Its 2014 introduction of energy storage products for residential and commercial customers and its construction of the world's largest battery factory highlight its bet on an energy-storage dependent electric future.

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Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?

September 1, 2016 - via Extreme Technology Most battery technologies fade away before they reach the point any of us will benefit from them. As MIT Technology Review points out, there are a variety of reason for this, but it often comes down to a lack of funding and focus.

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In batteries, a metal reveals its dual personality

September 1, 2016 - via MIT News Branchlike deposits grow on lithium electrode surfaces in two ways, one much more damaging.

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Why Are Early Adopters of Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing Getting Out of the Game?

August 31, 2016 - via Green Tech Media Sony and (maybe) Nissan are dropping their battery production as the industry matures.

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Restrictions on Airborne Shipments of Lithium Batteries Gain Support

September 6, 2015 - via Wall Street Journal Depending on cargo hold pressures, accumulation of gases and internal battery power levels, FAA experts determined that such compartments can even be compromised by the uncontrolled ignition of eight or even fewer batteries.

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Restrictions on Airborne Shipments of Lithium Batteries Gain Support

September 6, 2015 - via Wall Street Journal Depending on cargo hold pressures, accumulation of gases and internal battery power levels, FAA experts determined that such compartments can even be compromised by the uncontrolled ignition of eight or even fewer batteries.

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New Fuel Cell Technology Shows Safety, Endurance Potential for UUVs

June 29, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research The aluminum-seawater concept is an old idea but only recently have the barriers to making it operational been overcome.

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Aluminum Could Power AUV Operations in Oil, Gas

June 11, 2015 - via Rig Zone A technology that harnesses the energy from a reaction of aluminum and water could serve as the future power source for AUVs. Aluminum could provide a new energy source for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for oil and gas operations. Spun out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 18 months ago, Open Water Power is seeking oil and gas industry partners to test its aluminum-water platform technology in the offshore oil and gas environment. Company officials told attendees at the Oil and Gas Innovation Summit in Houston in late April that their technology can expand by a factor of 10 the distance at which AUVs can operate, and can help the oil and gas industry cut costs and improve safety and efficiency as they seek to tap the world’s remaining hydrocarbon resources, much of which lies far offshore or under the Arctic ice.

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Safer Packaging Sought For Lithium Batteries

May 1, 2015 - via IATA The ICAO's dangerous goods panel agreed this week to set up a group of experts to develop safer packaging for the transport of lithium ion batteries used in phones and laptops.

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Alternatives To Lithium Batteries: Sodium Or Aluminum?

April 16, 2015 - via Asian Scientist Newsroom In the race to build a better battery, scientists have tried both sodium and aluminum as replacements for expensive lithium.

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Innovate UK Funding Given to Develop Lithium Sulfur Batteries for Marine Autonomous Systems

March 24, 2015 - via OXIS Energy Innovate UK agreed funding of £1.1 million which will be led by Steatite whose speciality is the design and manufacture of Lithium battery pack solutions. In addition this collaboration will involve the underwater vehicle designers and manufacturers MSubs Ltd and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

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Electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

February 24, 2015 - via Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Now a new electrolyte for lithium batteries eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current.

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Batteries could be improved to make electric vehicles cheaper

February 23, 2015 - via BASF In addition to being able to store more energy, the scientist are also aiming for these batteries to cost $146 per kWh (kilowatt hour), which is about half the cost of the cheapest lithium-ion EV battery.

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Next generation lithium-sulfur batteries given DNA boost

February 12, 2015 - via China University of Geosciences The team then observed experimentally a three-fold enhancement in capacity retention after 200 discharge cycles by dispersing a small amount of DNA derived from salmon sperm onto the carbon-sulfur surface.

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Scientists discover how to prevent dendrite formation in batteries

February 4, 2015 - via Pacific Northwest National Laboratory For the first time, a team including experts at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory grew protective films around the anodes that prevented dendrites from forming.

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A whiff of brimstone:Adding sulphur to electrical cells may quintuple their performance

January 3, 2015 - via The Economist Experimental lithium-sulphur cells tend to wear out, because the sulphur in their electrodes gradually dissolves into the electrolyte. There are also questions about their safety. Part of the cycle of a lithium-sulphur battery involves some lithium ions turning into metallic lithium. This metallic form of the element may grow into filaments called dendrites that cause short circuits, and thus overheating and fires.

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Making a Good Thing Better: Berkeley Lab Researchers Open a Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

December 19, 2014 - via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory X-ray spectroscopy identifies the lithium electrolyte form at the negative electrode.

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IATA releases guide for safely transporting lithium batteries

December 8, 2014 - via IATA IATA’s “Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Operators” is available for free online and the organization hopes it will enable parties involved in shipping lithium batteries to have full access to best practices and guidelines. It also is aimed at helping airlines in educating passengers packing lithium batteries in baggage carried in aircraft bellies.

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NTSB recommends improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries

December 5, 2014 - via NTSB Based on conclusions from its investigation of the Jan. 7, 2013 B787 Boston battery fire incident.

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Building a better battery

November 25, 2014 - via Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Using high-performance computing, Srinivasan's team has whittled down the number of materials to a few that have sufficient energy capacity and can be classified as safe, cheaper and longer-lasting than lithium. Within the next year, Srinivasan hopes to have other new materials ready for testing, and optimized prototypes ready by 2017.

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United States Department of Defense Awards $22 Million to Expand EaglePicher's Lithium-Ion Production Capabilities

November 5, 2014 - via Eagle Pitcher During Phase I, competitors were required to demonstrate electrochemical cell technology capable of exceeding 250 watt-hours per kilogram at an elevated discharge rate. EaglePicher was selected as the sole contractor for Phase II of the LIMA program. This phase of the program provides cost-shared financial assistance to establish a production facility supporting the manufacture of raw materials, cells, and batteries utilizing this newly-developed, high-energy density formulation.

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NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

October 13, 2014 - via Nanyang Technology University (NTU) The next generation lithium-ion batteries can charge up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years. The researchers hope to see the batteries hit the market within the next two years.

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Today's Lithium Battery Transport Rules Govern New Drone Technologies

September 26, 2014 - via US Department of Transportation If a company's employee is traveling with a UAV and spare lithium ion batteries, the U.S. and international hazardous materials regulations strictly prohibit spare lithium ion batteries from being placed in checked baggage. In addition, lithium ion batteries carried on the aircraft by passengers generally may not exceed 100 Watt-hours. However, slightly larger lithium ion batteries exceeding 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh, may be carried onboard the aircraft with the approval of the airline. No more than two of these slightly larger lithium ion batteries may be carried on the aircraft.

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Siemens Reports Breakthrough In Safer Lithium Ion Battery Technology

September 26, 2014 - via Siemens To accomplish this, the company uses novel lithium titanate anodes and lithium iron phosphate cathodes together in combination with new battery chemistry, the composition of which remains undisclosed.

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New “Dual Carbon” Battery Charges 20 Times Faster than Li-ion

August 20, 2014 - via Power Japan Plus Further characteristics that make it particularly suitable for electric cars are a long lifetime of 3,000 charge/discharge cycles (Li-ion’s life is closer to 1,000 cycles) and the ability to discharge fully without the risk of short-circuiting and damaging the battery. Moreover, the battery doesn’t heat up, so it wouldn’t require the extensive cooling systems that appear in current electric cars. Thermal stability also makes the battery much safer, because it eliminates the risk of thermal runaway, which can cause explosions. And it would be more powerful than other batteries, operating at over four volts.

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Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough

August 20, 2014 - via Scientific American The Michigan start-up Sakti3 says its solid-state cells more than double the energy density of today’s best Li-Ion batteries

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New Standards for Lithium Battery Transportation

August 5, 2014 - via US Department of Transportation The Department of Transportation announces new standards in the transportation of lithium cells and batteries.

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U.S. Issues New Rules for Air Cargo Shipments of Lithium Batteries

August 1, 2014 - via Wall Street Journal Mirror International Standards; Falls Short of What Pilots Group Wanted

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Pure lithium anode may treble battery capacity

July 29, 2014 - via Stanford University The challenge of making a lithium anode is largely due to the reactivity of the pure metal and how such an anode would expand and contract on charging and discharging – cracking, degrading and forming dendrites. These factors would cause such batteries to be impractical, unstable, not long lasting. The Stanford scientists have overcome the above problems using a carbon nanosphere wall to coat the lithium anode. This 20nm thick "flexible, uniform and non-reactive film… protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge,

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Next-Generation Electric Cars May Never Need A Battery Swap

July 25, 2014 - via The Smithsonian U.S. Department of Energy researchers pinpoint the reasons why rechargeable batteries lose their ability to hold a charge over time

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The AllCells Way of Preventing Lithium Battery Self-Immolation

July 20, 2014 - via AllCells AllCells Technology Chairman and CEO Said al-Hallaj talks about his company's efforts to prevent lithium-ion battery thermal runaway through the use of a phase-change material that limits the damage to other cells in the pack.

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US DoE Funds 6 Lithium-Ion Battery Research Project Targeted At 200 Wh/kg

June 26, 2014 - via US Deparment of Energy Six new applied battery research projects with objective to develop lithium-ion cells, which exceed energy density of 200 Wh/kg, were recently launched with support of $17.4 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Timeframe for the projects end in 2015.

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Next-Generation Advanced Batteries

June 25, 2014 - via Reportlinker Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: 

Next-Generation Advanced Batteries

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IATA AGM 2014: Lithium battery shipping guidelines released

May 30, 2014 - via IATA The LBSG brings together all of the relevant content of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, as well as detailed examples on packing, marking, labelling and documentation.

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Scientists pinpoint the creeping nanocrystals behind lithium-ion battery degradation

May 29, 2014 - via Brookhaven National Laboratory Contrary to large-scale observation, the lithium-ion reactions actually erode the materials non-uniformly, seizing upon intrinsic vulnerabilities in atomic structure in the same way that rust creeps unevenly across steel

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NEI Developing Aqueous-Based Lith-Ion Battery

May 23, 2014 - via NEI Corporation Aqueous-based lithium-ion batteries also have the potential to significantly reduce cost, measured in terms of $/kWh.

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Panasonic wants to be sole battery cell maker at Tesla project

May 23, 2014 - via Panasonic Tesla is planning to build a factory in the United States producing lithium-ion batteries from 2017 that it estimates will cost $4 billion to $5 billion

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Lithium–sulfur batteries may drive electric cars into the mainstream

May 22, 2014 - via University of Arizona Rehauling the battery’s design allowed more efficient battery cycling, bypassing that problem that plagued previous Li–S batteries. In the paper, the authors say their work shows “improved Li−S battery lifetimes out to 500 charge−discharge cycles with excellent retention of charge capacity,” a significant boost over the battery’s predecessors.

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This dual-carbon EV battery could eliminate shortcomings of lithium-ion technology

May 17, 2014 - via Power Japan Plus Rather than a conventional lithium-ion cell with a carbon anode and a lithium metal oxide cathode that varies by chemistry, a dual-carbon cell has a carbon cathode as well as anode.

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The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries

April 18, 2014 - via Aquion Batteries are famously toxic, but Aquion Energy seeking to change that. It's using more sustainable materials to put lightning in a bottle - and could help boost other cleantech

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Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

April 15, 2014 - via Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A new, PNNL-developed nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles.

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USC Viterbi researchers developing cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries

March 31, 2014 - via University of Southern California The USC Viterbi team developed a cost-effective (and therefore commercially viable) silicon anode with a stable capacity above 1100 mAh/g for extended 600 cycles, making their anode nearly three times more powerful and longer lasting than a typical commercial anode.

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The Advanced Automotive Batteries Report 2014

March 5, 2014 - via Research and Markets The report takes a detailed look at advanced automotive battery technologies, including the state of currently competing architectures such as lead acid batteries, nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lithium batteries, anode and cathode materials, super-capacitors and ultra-capacitors.

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Team builds nonflammable lithium ion battery

February 10, 2014 - via University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The work paves the way for developing a new generation lithium-ion battery that doesn't spontaneously combust at high temperatures.

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OpenWater Power developing new fuel cells to give ocean-going robots more time to roam

January 31, 2014 - via OpenWater Power The company is working on two different kinds of battery designs: an aluminum-seawater version that needs seawater to operate and must be vented; and an aluminum-permanganate version that is completely sealed.

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Australian water-splitting concept could herald battery breakthrough

January 28, 2014 - via RenewEconomy The concept integrates a metal hydride storage electrode into a reversible proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. During charging, protons produced from splitting water are directly combined with electrons and metal particles in one electrode of a fuel cell, forming a solid-state metal hydride as the energy storage. To resupply electricity, this process is reversed.

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Next-Generation Battery Firm Gets To Feel The Power Of $30 Million C Round Funding

January 8, 2014 - via Amprius Amprius says its third generation silicon nanowire technology has the potential to increase the battery energy density of lithium-ion cells from its industry best-figure of 450 watt-hours per litre to more than 800 watt-hours per litre.

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Engineers find new possibilities for Li-ion batteries by taking a "deeper" look

December 31, 2013 - via Engineering.com In showing that dendrites are not simple protrusions emanating from the lithium electrode surface and that subsurface non-conductive contaminants might be the source of dendritic structures

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Japanese company develops advanced battery that triples EV range

December 9, 2013 - via Sekisui Chemical New organic polymer electrolyte materials such as gel-type electrolytes provide approximately 10 times the ion conductivity while taking up less space and weight.

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Lithium Sulfer Batteries ready to go the Distance

December 3, 2013 - via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lithium–sulfur batteries might soon be able to take an electric car more than 300 miles on a single charge

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A Trick for Making Batteries Safer Could Also Make EVs Affordable

November 21, 2013 - via SolidEnergy SolidEnergy says its new battery materials store more energy and won’t catch fire.

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U.S. Department of Energy Funds Ongoing Development of Advanced Battery Materials at XG Sciences

November 20, 2013 - via XG Energy These new anode materials have demonstrated energy storage capacity of up to four times that of conventional anodes

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Scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

November 18, 2013 - via SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Stanford researchers invent a self-healing polymer that can be applied to silicon electrodes to keep them from cracking and falling apart during battery operation.

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Food inspires lithium-sulfur battery breakthroughs

October 24, 2013 - via Cornell University Breakthroughs in the durability and performance of lithium-sulfur battery cathodes, one by using a component of corn starch, and the other, by modeling a nanocomposite material after the yolk-shell structure of eggs.

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New solid State Rechargable Battery

October 17, 2013 - via Solid Power The battery uses a ceramic electrolyte and an all-solid-state composite cathode based on a low-cost iron-sulfur chemistry

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Solid State Batteries could double the range of electric cars

September 19, 2013 - via University of Colorado Instead of using a solid mass of material, Lee and Stoldt created a “composite cathode,” essentially small particles of cathode material held together with solid electrolyte and infused with an additive that increases its electrical conductivity.

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General Atomics to provide lithium ion batteries for special operations mini-submarines

September 3, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., have awarded a $12.5 million contract to General Atomics for lithium ion batteries to be used on the Dry Combat Submersible program of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

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Energy Systems Network Launches Battery Innovation Center at Naval Surface Warfare Center

September 2, 2013 - via NSWC Crane The Battery Innovation Center’s diverse capabilities in energy storage system prototyping, testing and evaluation, and microgrid implementation are exactly what are needed to accelerate the development of this technology

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All-Solid Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion Technology

August 14, 2013 - via Oak Ridge National Laboratory Liang's team then combined the new sulfur-rich cathode and a lithium anode with a solid electrolyte material, also developed at ORNL, to create an energy-dense, all-solid battery.

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Nanotechnology battery design gets boost from aligned carbon nanotubes

August 6, 2013 - via North Carolina State University When the silicon-coated carbon nanotubes were aligned in one direction like a layer of drinking straws laid end to end, the structure allowed for controlled expansion so that the silicon is less prone to pulverization

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Eliminating 'Range Anxiety' Through Better Batteries

July 26, 2013 - via Michigan State University Sakamoto and colleagues are trying to determine if a solid material might be better. The class of material is referred to as superionic conductors which works as fast as a liquid, but has other advantages. “The goal is to move away from liquid cells and toward solid state batteries that are safer, cheaper to manufacture, less sensitive to degradation at higher temperatures and more durable”

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Bosch, Mitsubishi, GS Yuasa to Develop Li-ion Batteries

June 24, 2013 - via Bosch The three companies intend to set up a joint venture for joint research and development, and to support their mother companies in sales and marketing activities. Operations are planned to start in the beginning of 2014. The headquarters will be Stuttgart/Germany.

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New sulfur-based battery is safer, cheaper, more powerful than lithium-ion

June 6, 2013 - via Oak Ridge National Laboratory They’ve created an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery that is cheaper, less flammable, and has four times the energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries.

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Novel silicon electrodes improve lithium-ion batteries

June 4, 2013 - via TG Daily Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy material similar to that used in contact lenses and other household products.

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Dream Li-ioning: Nanotech Cure for Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Being Researched

April 24, 2013 - via Motor Trend A nano-technological cure under development proposed smearing a thin coating of nanospheres on either the anode or the separator layer to serve as a sub-microscopic fire brigade.

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New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster

April 17, 2013 - via Extreme Tech The University of Illinois will first have to prove that their technology scales to larger battery sizes, and that the production process isn’t prohibitively expensive for commercial production.

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Electrovaya Launches the New Generation of Lithium Ion Battery Technology Superpolymer® 2.0

April 17, 2013 - via Electrovaya It represents the integration of our automotive and grid knowledge, our customers’ feedback, recent safety enhancements in the aerospace sector and our overall vision of the future design of advanced batteries.

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Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?

April 12, 2013 - via Design News Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.

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Rethinking the lithium-ion battery revolution over cost, safety

April 10, 2013 - via Reuters Many experts now believe it will take at least another decade for lithium-ion technology to be ready for widespread adoption in transportation. Others, including Toyota Motor Corp, believe the solution lies beyond lithium-ion.

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Understanding the life of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles

April 10, 2013 - via American Chemical Society “The battery pack could be used during a quite reasonable period of time ranging from 5 to 20 years depending on many factors,”

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Firefighters tackle blaze on "little yellow submarine" at National Oceanography Centre

April 8, 2013 - via Daily Echo The cause was thought to be an electrical fault with the batteries.

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Bluefin Subsea Lithium Battery Receives Navy Safety Approval

April 2, 2013 - via Bluefin Robotics The US Navy has granted a safety approval for its standard 1.5 kWh Subsea Battery for use with the HAUV system including transport aboard Naval aircraft.

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Solid electrolyte may end the catastrophic failures of lithium batteries

April 2, 2013 - via Nature Materials But don't get too excited—it only works at high temperatures.

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Dendrite sprouts short out lithium batteries

March 7, 2013 - via Purdue University Researchers have created an analytical theory that shows how to design experiments to study ways of controlling dendrite growth, and results of the theory allow researchers to predict early stages of dendrite formation.

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Aved Battery Symposium

March 4, 2013 - via Aved Electronics "Shipping Lithium Batteries - What You Need to Know."

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Graphene super capacitor could make batteries obsolete

February 23, 2013 - via UCLA Graphene, a simply carbon polymer that, unlike batteries that have toxic metals in them, is environmentally benign and is not only biodegradable but compostable.

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New lithium-ion battery recharges in 10 minutes

February 13, 2013 - via University of Southern California Zhou's team took commercially available nano-particles-tiny silicon spheres-and etched them with the same pores as the nano-wires. The particles function similarly and can be made in any quantity desired.

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Faulty Lithium-Ion Batteries Ground Boeing's Dreamliner: Should EV Drivers Be Concerned?

January 25, 2013 - via Translogic Using cobalt oxide (CoO2) as a cathode material has begun to fall out of favor, as lithium iron phosphate, nickel, manganese and other metals have been found to be safer, although cannot offer the same capacity.

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SWE Launches New Subsea Ready Battery Solutions

January 25, 2013 - via Subsea World News SWE SeaSafe™ products will power the entire range of modern subsea vehicles from MUVs (manned underwater vehicles) to ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) to AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) and offshore Oil and Gas infrastructure electronics and actuators.

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Research Paves Way for Larger, Safer Lithium Ion Batteries

January 23, 2013 - via Daily Science The ORNL team developed its solid electrolyte by manipulating a material called lithium thiophosphate so that it could conduct ions 1,000 times faster than its natural bulk form.

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The Science Behind Dreamliner's Batteries

January 22, 2013 - via Wall Street Journal Jet's Power Units Store a Lot of Energy in Small Package; Risks of Fire During Recharging.

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Boeing Chose Wrong Lithium Battery For 787, Says Lux

January 18, 2013 - via Lux Research "There are known LCO safety concerns, most notably that the material does not resist overheating well,"

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Powerful But Fragile: The Challenge Of Lithium Batteries

January 18, 2013 - via National Public Radio Their future in airplanes, however, likely hangs on what engineers learn from the two incidents on the Dreamliner.

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Dreamliner woes put spotlight on lithium ion battery risks

January 18, 2013 - via Los Angeles Times The cause of the fires in the two Dreamliners has still not been determined and neither Boeing nor the Japanese company that made the batteries, GS Yuasa, have publicly commented on likely factors. Boeing subjected the batteries on the plane to thousands of hours of testing and installed numerous safety systems specific to the batteries.

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New Subsea Ready Battery Solutions Safely Power Underwater Vehicles and Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure with 4X More Energy

January 17, 2013 - via International Business Times New Subsea Ready Battery Solutions Safely Power Underwater Vehicles and Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure with 4X More Energy

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Bluefin's megawatt-hour energizes subsea industry

January 11, 2013 - via Bluefin Robotics The company offers a commercial-off-the-shelf 1.5 kWh pack and custom power solutions for a variety of underwater applications including profilers, subsea equipment, ROVs, and other submersible platforms.

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More New Packing Requirements for Lithium Batteries

December 13, 2012 - via IATA Effective 01 January 2013, several changes will come into play for lithium ion and lithium metal battery shipments.

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OXIS Wins Funding and Contracts for Lithium Sulfur Batteries

December 10, 2012 - via Greentech Media A polymer version of the potent but historically troubled lithium-sulfur chemistry

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Chinese company buys battery maker that got recovery funds

December 9, 2012 - via Washington Post A123 Systems announced Sunday that Wanxiang would pay $256.6 million for all of A123’s technology, its manufacturing facilities in the United States and China, and its contracts with utilities seeking grid storage and automakers seeking batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Seeking to Start a Silicon Valley for Battery Science

November 30, 2012 - via New York Times The battery hub is intended to produce revolutionary advances in batteries for electric cars, and for use on the grid, where they would help in integrating intermittent renewable energy sources like sun and wind. "It's a new operating model for doing R.&D., where you bring the discoverers, scientists like myself, and designers, who know how to think about putting those discoveries into prototypes, and finally manufacturers, people who build things, under one roof,''

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The self-improvement of lithium-ion batteries

November 30, 2012 - via Argonne National Laboratory By creating a nanoscale electrode material that can actually order itself into a more efficient and powerful electrochemical structure as it is subjected to repeated discharging and charging, the research team forged a new pathway for the design and development of higher capacity, higher power, safer batteries.

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Beyond Lithium Ion: ARPA-E Places Bets on Novel Energy Storage

November 29, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review The largest grant winner in energy storage, PolyPlus Battery, hopes to make a rechargeable lithium sulfur battery.

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Toyota developing next-gen sodium-ion EV batteries

November 16, 2012 - via Paultan.org The automaker has created a prototype battery utilising the new material, The Nikkei reports. Shaped the size of a coin, the battery functions at room temperature, and is able to generate an electric voltage value – which is used to calculate the maximum mileage of electric vehicles – that’s 30% higher than that of lithium-ion batteries.

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Toyota’s new sodium battery could give the EV a range of 600 miles

November 15, 2012 - via Digital trends Toyota is working on a new battery for electric cars which could not only extend their range to as much as 600 miles but would also be cheaper.

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How Improved Batteries Will Make Electric Vehicles Competitive

November 9, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review It will likely take a decade, but improvements to lithium-ion batteries could lead to much cheaper EVs.

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New Silicon Batteries Outperform Typical Li-ion Chemistries

November 2, 2012 - via Rice University Rice University researchers are testing anodes made of treated porous silicon that can be spread on a current collector and holds up to 10 times the amount of lithium than graphite anodes in current lithium-ion batteries. The robust anodes have achieved more than 600 charge-discharge cycles.

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Next Generation Rechargeable Lithium Batteries Coming?

November 1, 2012 - via Science 2.0 Porous silicon powder mixed with pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile is the basis for a robust anode for lithium-ion batteries. Anodes developed with the powder at Rice University have achieved more than 600 charge-discharge cycles in the lab

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Nanoparticles improve lithium battery electrodes

November 1, 2012 - via Cornell University By developing a method for additive-free electrodes that maintain high conductivity, the researchers have opened new possibilities for reducing the weight and volume of batteries, while also creating a template system for studying the physics of nanoparticle electrodes.

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The Quest for a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

November 1, 2012 - via University of California at San Diego One team is developing sophisticated algorithms to improve the way electric vehicle batteries run. Another is working to create new, more efficient and less costly materials for the devices.

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New Lithium Si-Graphene Battery Material Opens Doors

October 26, 2012 - via California Lithium Battery Independent full cell tests reveal unrivaled performance characteristics, with an energy density of 525WH/Kg and specific anode capacity 1,250mAh/g.

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A123's Technology Just Wasn't Good Enough

October 18, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review The lithium-ion battery maker, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, was betting on technology that wasn't advanced enough to help it overcome the inherent advantages of established manufacturers and compete with them.

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Battery firm files for bankruptcy, inks asset sale to Johnson Controls

October 16, 2012 - via Mass High Tech Included in the Johnson Controls purchase are A123 facilities in Livonia and Romulus, Mich., and China, its interest in Shanghai Advanced Transaction Battery Systems Co., and all of the company’s auto technology, products and contracts. As part of the proposed deal, Johnson Controls has committed $72.5 million in debt financing to continue A123’s operations during the pending sale.

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Future Batteries, by the Numbers

October 12, 2012 - via Design News After a decade of intense focus on lithium-ion, material scientists are beginning to look to new battery chemistries for future electric cars.

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Advanced imaging method reveals fundamental reactions behind lithium battery technology

October 9, 2012 - via MIT Exactly what goes inside advanced lithium-air batteries as they charge and discharge has always been impossible to observe directly. Now, a new technique developed by MIT researchers promises to change that, allowing study of this electrochemical activity as it happens.

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NEC Develops High Voltage, Long life Manganese Lithium-Ion Battery

October 8, 2012 - via IT News This new cathode and electrolyte solution improve battery energy density by approximately 30%, increase battery capacity and decrease battery weight, all while maintaining a high level of safety

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Could EV car batteries be made from salt water?

October 5, 2012 - via Fox News “The key is to demonstrate how the materials can be extracted in a responsible way,” he says. “The challenge is to see how the post-processing facilities can be competitive with current lithium production methods.”

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New algorithms could allow lithium-ion batteries to charge twice as fast

October 5, 2012 - via UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new algorithms that improve the efficiency of existing lithium-ion batteries and could allow them to be charged twice as fast than is currently possible.

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Lithium Fires Generate Myths and Misinformation

October 4, 2012 - via Aviation International News What is abundantly clear from the research conducted for this article is that all types of battery have risks and can cause problems.

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Too Many Battery Factories, Too Few Electric Cars

October 2, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review The $2.4 billion program designed to jump-start the battery industry has met with horrible market conditions.

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Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries Being Developed by Kansas State University

October 1, 2012 - via Kansas State University n the new research, Klankowski has been “developing and testing a high-performance nanostructure of silicon coated onto carbon nanofibers for the use as an electrode in lithium-ion batteries.” The electrodes resemble a dense brush.

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New Processing Technology from Perfect Lithium Yields Cheaper and Durable Batteries

September 29, 2012 - via Perfect lithium The chemical synthetic process of preparing lithium ion materials adopted by Perfect Lithium cuts down manufacture time to just one day as opposed to four or five days needed for the conventional solid state synthesis process.

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Research and Markets: Principles and Applications of Lithium Secondary Batteries

September 18, 2012 - via John Wiley and Sons The book is written in a straightforward fashion suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as scientists, and engineers starting out in the field.

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Batteries Made From World’s Thinnest Material Could Power Tomorrow’s Electric Cars

August 20, 2012 - via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Use Intentionally Blemished Graphene Paper To Create Easy-To-Make, Quick-Charging Lithium-ion Battery With High Power Density

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

August 15, 2012 - via The register The discovery changes the way materials used in regular batteries are treated

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Korean scientists develop fast-charging battery

August 14, 2012 - via ZDNet Scientists in South Korea say new development cuts down recharging time to between 1/30 and 1/120 of existing lithium-ion batteries and could boost uptake of electric vehicles when developed.

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$3.2 million to develop battery management system for electric-car batteries

August 3, 2012 - via Washington University A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis will receive $2 million to design a battery management system for lithium-ion batteries that will guarantee their longevity, safety and performance.

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Toughened silicon sponges may make tenacious batteries

July 17, 2012 - via Science Blog Because silicon expands as it absorbs lithium ions, the sponge-like configuration gives it room to grow internally without degrading the battery’s performance

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PolyPlus, Johnson Controls team up on advanced lithium battery R&D

June 12, 2012 - via Journal Sentinal “This project will develop a protected lithium electrode, a solid electrolyte and a scaled up manufacturing process for high energy density lithium-air, lithium-water and lithium-sulfur batteries,”

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Better Lithium Ion Battery Aims to Re-Energize Electric Cars

June 12, 2012 - via Scientific American A new battery from A123 Systems offers greater flexibility, more power and, potentially, lower overall costs

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Hydro-Quebec researchers close to super-fast electric vehicle charger

June 8, 2012 - via wheels.ca The goal is a five-minute charge for any car's battery pack; a rate that would match the time it takes to refill the tank on a gas-powered car.

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Startup creates new type of electrolyte for better and cheaper lithium ion battery

June 5, 2012 - via Phys.org Called Iolyte, the new material is flame retardant, doesn’t evaporate and is able to hold more charge than current electrolytes.

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Lithium-ion Gets Super Charged

May 25, 2012 - via TriplePundit The researchers developed an anode made of tin rather than the more commonly used carbon.

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USPS Develops 'No Fly List' for Electronics

May 25, 2012 - via http://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?section_id=1061&doc_id=244675&itc=ebnonline_gnews The US Postal Service recently banned shipments of electronic products containing lithium batteries, citing risk of fire.

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Tin: The Secret To Improving Lithium-Ion Battery Life

May 23, 2012 - via Forbes The trick is to replace graphite with tin for the anode, which is one of the two main components in a battery cell. Using tin can increase the energy storage capacity of a battery cell by nearly three times

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How to Build a Better Lithium Ion Battery

May 17, 2012 - via Scientific American Researchers are still struggling to improve these ubiquitous batteries in a bid to make electric vehicles more viable

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USPS To Stop Delivering iPads And Kindles To Troops And Overseas Consumers On May 16

May 10, 2012 - via Fast Company The United States Postal Service has banned all international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries effective May 16.

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New electrode material could lead to powerful rechargeable sodium batteries

May 4, 2012 - via ARS Technica A new electrode material could help make lightweight, powerful rechargeable sodium batteries to replace lithium-ion batteries used in electronics and some electric vehicles. The material contains widely available iron, instead of the nickel and cobalt commonly used in these electrodes, and enables a similar energy density to electrodes in lithium batteries.

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Supercapacitors replace batteries

May 4, 2012 - via IDTechEX This article shares some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors 2013-2023.

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Can PolyPlus's Batteries Power the Future?

April 5, 2012 - via Business Week PolyPlus’s innovation is a ceramic seal that lets the battery pull oxygen from the water to create a controlled chemical reaction.

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Silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrodes snap, swell, don't pop

March 15, 2012 - via Pacific Northwest National Laboratory With an electrical capacity five times higher than conventional lithium battery electrodes, silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrodes could lead to longer-lasting, cheaper rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles.

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Lower Cost Lithium Battery Commercialized, Enabling Wider, More Affordable Use to Bring Huge Change in Energy Consumption

March 15, 2012 - via CalBattery A new, transformational battery that will offer the highest energy density and longest life cycle ( 70% cost reduction) of any lithium battery made today is being released by California Lithium Battery, Inc.

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ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

March 15, 2012 - via LION Blog Large Shipments of Small Lithium Batteries Now Partially Regulated

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ARPA-E innovators push clean energy

March 10, 2012 - via CNET At the Arpa-E summit in Washington DC, companies presented a variety of energy research projects, from lithium water batteries to flying wings and solar concentrators

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A Big Jump in Battery Capacity

March 1, 2012 - via MIT Technology Review If Envia can overcome some key problems, its technology could cut the cost of electric-car batteries in half.

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Envia Rechargeable Battery Achieves High-Energy Density

February 27, 2012 - via Renew Grid Tests at various cycling rates at NSWC confirmed that Envia's automotive battery cell demonstrated an energy density between 378 Wh/kg and 418 Wh/kg for rates between C/3 to C/10 for a 45 ampere/hour (C/3) cell.

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Envia Claims ‘Breakthrough’ in Lithium-Ion Battery Cost and Energy Density

February 26, 2012 - via New York Times Envia’s announcement said that its packs would deliver cell energy of 400 watt-hours per kilogram at a cost of $150 per kilowatt-hour.

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ICAO to consider new safety standards for air transport of lithium batteries

February 23, 2012 - via Flight The International Civil Aviation Organisation is to consider new safety standards for air transport of lithium batteries in the wake of increased concern over the potential for in-flight fires.

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A Renaissance for NiMH?

February 19, 2012 - via The Energy Collective Last Monday, Energy Conversion Devices Inc. sold its subsidiary, Ovonic Battery Company, to BASF for $58 million. Ovonic is a global leader in nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery technology, holding 97 U.S. and international patents and patent applications in that field. All major producers of NiMH batteries in the world today work under license from Ovonic.

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Aircraft Fires Tied to Lithium-Battery Cargo Prompt New UN Rule

February 16, 2012 - via Bloomberg A United Nations panel is calling for tougher inspections and detailed labeling of air shipments of lithium batteries following two incidents in which aircraft were destroyed when freight shipments burst into flames.

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Study Explains Performance Behavior of LiFePO4 Nanoparticles

February 9, 2012 - via MIT A study by Martin Z. Bazant from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has discovered the reasons behind the unusual charging and discharging behavior of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) nanoparticles, paving the way to develop high-efficient battery materials.

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Sensor detects lithium battery fires

January 12, 2012 - via Futurity.org The sensor is based, its inventors at Johns Hopkins University say, on the discovery that an easily measured electrical parameter reveals the internal temperature of a lithium-ion cell.

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Magnesium-Ion Batteries May Revolutionize Car Industry

December 12, 2011 - via Magnesium Investing News Pellion Technologies [5], that is in the midst of developing magnesium-ion batteries which some researchers say could potentially replace lithium [6]-ion batteries. Not only is magnesium cheaper than lithium, it also has the potential to have twice the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries

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GM Seeks Out Batteries Less Volatile Than Volt’s for Spark Model

December 9, 2011 - via Business Week GM and other companies are engineering future models with lithium phosphate technology partly because the batteries can be safer and they last longe

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Lawmakers tentatively agree to block proposed safety rules for lithium battery air shipments

December 2, 2011 - via Washington Post Lawmakers, responding to pleas from industry and foreign governments, have tentatively agreed to block the Obama administration from requiring that air shipments of lithium batteries be treated as hazardous cargo because of the danger of fires during flight.

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Drexel's Gogotsi Questions Accuracy of Battery Performance Metrics

November 29, 2011 - via Drexel University In a piece published in the November 18 edition of Science, Gogotsi, who is the head of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, calls for a new, standardized gauge of performance measurement for energy storage devices that are as small as those used in cell phones to as large as those used in the national energy grid.

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Solid State Battery Development

November 28, 2011 - via Ilika The key to successful solid state battery development is to find a stable electrolyte with high enough conductivity and in the presentation Ilika demonstrated how their high throughput methods have produced very high quality electrolytes with substantially higher conductivity than had previously been observed.

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New Battery Technology Could Provide Large-Scale Energy Storage for the Grid

November 25, 2011 - via IEEE Spectrum In his most recent research he has abandoned the use of lithium ions and replaced them with either sodium or potassium ions for his new battery technology. The result is a battery that Cui and his colleagues claim is able to retain 83% of its charge after 40,000 cycles, which compares more than favorably to Li-ion batteries of 1,000 cycles.

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EV battery management essential for desired lifetime and charge cycles

November 22, 2011 - via New Electronics For hybrid (HEV) and full electric vehicles (EVs), Li-Ion batteries offer the best trade off of power, energy density, efficiency and environmental impact. But Li-Ion batteries can be delicate and dangerous, while automobiles can be cruel and unforgiving. The challenge is to bridge the gap between the two environments.

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ESTechnologies: What About Batteries?

November 22, 2011 - via Maritime Executive Even if cells are used with higher voltages, like 3.4 Volts for Lithium-Ion and 3.7 Volts for Lithium-Polymer cells, it is still necessary to connect 28 up to 250 cells to reach the requested system voltages. A large team of single players like this needs a coach with a complete overview. This requires an advanced balancing system.

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PolyPlus Lithium Battery Named One of TIME Magazine's Top Inventions for 2011

November 21, 2011 - via PolyPlus he PolyPlus lithium battery uses ordinary seawater or air interacting with lithium to deliver unprecedented energy density levels in a non-toxic, environmentally friendly and inherently safe product.

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Researchers develop new concept for rechargeable batteries

October 21, 2011 - via Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Based on a fluoride shuttle -- the transfer of fluoride anions between the electrodes -- it promises to enhance the storage capacity reached by lithium-ion batteries by several factors. Operational safety is also increased, as it can be done without lithium.

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NEC says new technology doubles lithium battery life

October 17, 2011 - via IDG News Service The Tokyo-based electronics company said it has developed a new lithium battery that can hold a 70% charge after 13 years.

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Next Gen Battery Technology Making Progress

October 13, 2011 - via Earth techling Now, two teams of scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) report that they are making significant progress on the next generation of battery technology, focused on a key battery component, the anode, where electricity comes out.

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A Simple Way to Boost Battery Storage

September 30, 2011 - via MIT Technology Review A stretchy binder material that's compatible with existing factories could help electric cars and portable electronics go 30 percent longer.

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Designing Lithium-Ion Batteries To Last

September 29, 2011 - via Chemical and Engineering News Cathode Materials: Encasing sulfur in nanofibers could help high-energy batteries survive repeated recharging

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EnerSys to Launch a Lithium-Ion Battery Joint Venture in Germany

September 28, 2011 - via EnerSys A new company has been formed, EAS Germany GmbH, which will further the development and production of lithium-ion based solutions for space, naval, marine, renewable energy and specialty high power applications for EnerSys.

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Jelly batteries: Safer, cheaper, smaller, more powerful

September 10, 2011 - via BBC The new lithium jelly battery is tougher than the rest

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ORNL new material possible boon for lithium ion batteries

September 8, 2011 - via Oak Ridge National Laboratory A team led by Hansan Liu, Gilbert Brown and Parans Paranthaman of the Department of Energy lab's Chemical Sciences Division found that titanium dioxide creates a highly desirable material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries. Compared to conventional technologies, the differences in charge time and capacity are striking.

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Seaweed extract gives lithium batteries a boost

September 8, 2011 - via Royal Society of Chemistry An extract from brown algae could give rechargeable lithium-ion batteries a boost by allowing silicon nanopowder to be used as a high-capacity alternative to graphite electrodes.

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Powered by seaweed: Polymer from algae may improve battery performance

September 8, 2011 - via Clemson University Known as alginate, the material is extracted from common, fast-growing brown algae. In tests so far, it has helped boost energy storage and output for both graphite-based electrodes used in existing batteries and silicon-based electrodes being developed for future generations of batteries.



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MIT Faces Lithium Battery Shipment Fine

September 5, 2011 - via AV Web The FAA says the MIT staff who packed the box weren't properly trained (!) to handle hazardous material and the FedEx airbill they filled out had the box checked to indicate there were no dangerous goods inside.

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New energy storage device could recharge electric vehicles in minutes

August 19, 2011 - via Physorg.com Researchers at Nanotek Instruments, Inc., and its subsidiary Angstron Materials, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio, have developed a new paradigm for designing energy storage devices that is based on rapidly shuttling large numbers of lithium ions between electrodes with massive graphene surfaces. The energy storage device could prove extremely useful for electric vehicles, where it could reduce the recharge time from hours to less than a minute.

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A systematic way to find battery materials

August 16, 2011 - via MIT New understanding of high-performing cathode compound could facilitate rapid evaluation of improved alternatives

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Experts Figure Out How Key Li-Ion Battery Material Works

August 15, 2011 - via Softpedia.com A group of investigators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) managed to understand why a material widely used for creating lithium-ion batteries actually works. Up until now, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) has been heavily used to produce the positive electrode (cathode) of Li-Ion batteries, but experts had no idea why it worked the way it did.

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Nanostructured Silicon Key to Better Batteries

August 15, 2011 - via IEEE Spectrum Silicon with pores, spikes, and other nanostructures could be making gadgets run longer as soon as 2012

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New solid-state compound beats old school lithium-ion batteries

August 2, 2011 - via ARS Technica A Japanese group that includes some researchers at Toyota has now found a solid electrolyte that's also a superionic conductor, and show that it may have what it takes to function in batteries.

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Nanoscale Pillars Could Have a Big Role in Future Batteries

August 2, 2011 - via MIT Technology Review A new fabrication technique lets batteries use tin electrodes, and store more energy.

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No (Battery) Charge? No Problem

July 29, 2011 - via Design News Not every battery application offers easy access to recharging. In those situations, engineers are increasingly reaching for a chemistry known as lithium-thionyl chloride.

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Graphene-tin composite could improve lithium-ion batteries

July 28, 2011 - via Ecoseed Researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a graphene and tin nanoscale composite material for rechargable lithium-ion batteries that allows quick and repeated charging without degradation

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Fuel cells rescued by batteries

July 27, 2011 - via Nanowerk News Fuel cells and lithium-ion traction batteries will increasingly be seen working together in driving land, sea and air vehicles.

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Nanostructures Could Result In Cheaper Electric-Car Batteries

July 12, 2011 - via MIT Technology Review Chinese startup develops new, low-cost ways to improve the properties of lithium-iron phosphate, a leading electrode material.

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How ultracapacitors work (and why they fall short)

July 12, 2011 - via Clean Tech Put simply, ultracapacitors are some of the best devices around for delivering a quick surge of power. Because an ultracapacitor stores energy in an electric field, rather than in a chemical reaction, it can survive hundreds of thousands more charge and discharge cycles than a battery can.

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Sulphur Breakthrough Significantly Boosts Lithium Battery Capacity

July 5, 2011 - via MIT Technology Review The problem lies with the cathodes in these batteries. The specific capacities of the anode materials in lithium batteries are 370 mAh/g for graphite and 4200 mAh/g for silicon.

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More details emerge on 24M Technologies

July 5, 2011 - via Smart Grid News The firm uses concentrated nanoparticle suspensions of common lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cathode materials such as lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) and lithium iron phosphate (LFP) in an electrolyte to create an energy-dense liquid that can slowly flow over a membrane like the separators used in conventional Li-ion batteries; a similar suspension of an anode material like graphite or lithium titanate (LTO) flows over the membrane on the other side.

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Why lithium-ion batteries die so young

June 29, 2011 - via Clean Tech Damage from extended exposure to high temperatures and a lot of charging and discharging cycles eventually starts to break down the process of the lithium ions traveling back and forth between electrodes.

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Navy, Marine Corps Tests Autonomous Zero-Power Bathythermograph Sensors

June 27, 2011 - via Naval Research Laboratory The Zero Power Ballast Control (ZPBC) is a technology that relies on microbial energy harvesting developments to enable unsupervised underwater sensing with subsequent surfacing and reporting capabilities.

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SAE International Announces 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit - 14-15 November, in Shanghai

June 24, 2011 - via SAE This year's Summit will again bring together the world's most highly regarded engineers, scientists and corporate representatives to update the industry on the latest progress and plans for lithium based battery technologies and research as well as their implications for worldwide markets.

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Drone Ships To Run On Sediment Sucked From The Sea Floor

June 22, 2011 - via UNMANNED AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES (UUV, AUV) NEWS Office of Naval Research just did a patent on making energy with a combination of seawater and organic material at the bottom of the ocean.

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University of Minnesota engineering researchers discover source for generating 'green' electricity

June 22, 2011 - via University of Minnesota University of Minnesota engineering researchers have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity.

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Toshiba SCiB to be used in Mitsubishi i-MiEV, recharge to 80 percent in just 15 minutes

June 16, 2011 - via Engadget We're told recharging will be done in 15 minutes for 80 percent, 10 minutes for 50 percent, and a mere 300 seconds for 25 percent.

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Reinventing rechargeable batteries

June 15, 2011 - via Nanowerk News "This research involves the development of a new class of fast rechargeable batteries based on a zinc-plastic system incorporating a novel, inexpensive, environmentally sustainable solvent,"

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The Current Condition and Future Potential of Automotive Batteries - Tech Dept.

June 15, 2011 - via Car and Driver State of Charge: We examine the battery technology that makes hybrids and EVs go.

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Multifunctional structural composite material that can double as energy storage

June 14, 2011 - via Plastemart Researchers from Imperial College London and their European partners, including Volvo Car Corporation, are developing a prototype multifunctional structural composite material composed of carbon fibers and a polymer resin which can store and discharge electrical energy and which is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts.

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Inspiring Confidence in Advanced Battery Technology

June 11, 2011 - via The Energy Collective Over the past several years advanced electrochemical energy storage has captured the imagination, not just of the public, but of much of the scientific community as well. The problems in advanced battery science are real and in some respects daunting. But the best minds we have are now on the problem.

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The keys to safe shipment of batteries

June 10, 2011 - via The Hill the United States has dawdled for more than two years to bring our regulations up to the more stringent international standards.

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Feds researching fire risks from EV batteries, regulator says

June 10, 2011 - via Auto week Charles Gassenheimer, CEO of Ener1, which makes lithium-ion batteries for Volvo and Norwegian EV maker Think, says the biggest fire risk comes when a consumer overcharges an EV battery.

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Maybe we have the battery revolution all wrong

June 8, 2011 - via It IS the battery, stupid

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Debates Over Lithium-ion Batteries in Submarines

June 8, 2011 - via Aviation Week The reasons: all the electrical installation and switching gear would need to be changed together with the prime mover motor because of the lithium-ion batteries' higher voltage and redundant safety electronics would need to be introduced for the lithium which is not a very stable material.

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New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt

June 6, 2011 - via MIT Significant advance in battery architecture could be breakthrough for electric vehicles and grid storage.

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PolyPlus Developing Next Gen Battery Tech

April 28, 2011 - via IBTimes PolyPlus is developing what are known as lithium-oxygen batteries that reportedly offer up to ten times the energy density of current battery technologies, meaning down the road electric cars might be able to go farther longer on one charge.

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Corvus Energy Increases its Battery Capacity from 6.2kWh to 6.5kWh

April 27, 2011 - via Corvus Energy Advances in cell technology usher in higher lithium-ion battery capacity

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Batteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structure

March 21, 2011 - via University of Illinois Braun’s group developed a three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes that allows for dramatically faster charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity.

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Electric Vehicle Battle Moves Beyond Cars

March 8, 2011 - via Korea IT Times Third generation traction batteries such as lithium sulphur are being successfully used today but it is in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs long before they will be considered for cars.

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How National Security Depends on Better Lithium Batteries

March 2, 2011 - via Scientific American ARPA-e funds potential breakthrough work to make energy-dense batteries that enable long distance travel

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Lithium Polymer Traction Batteries, Good or Bad?

February 23, 2011 - via EVWorld Dr. Peter Harrop reviews status of lithium polymer batteries for electric vehicles.

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“Nanoscoops” Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries

January 4, 2011 - via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New Nanoengineered Batteries Developed at Rensselaer Exhibit Remarkable Power Density, Charging More Than 40 Times Faster Than Today’s Lithium-ion Batteries

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Sources Sought

December 21, 2010 - via NSWC Crane IDENTITY POTENTIAL CANDIDATE BATTERY MODULES TO FILL A POSSIBLE NEED FOR A STANDARD BATTERY IN MANNED AND UNMANNED MARITIME VEHICLES

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Nickel-Zinc Battery System Technology

December 14, 2010 - via SCPS Société de Conseil et de Prospective Scientifique (SCPS), located in Rosny-sous-Bois, France, developed a technology that allows the nickel-zinc battery system to work as close as possible to its theoretical performance, with a long cycle life.

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FAA issues safety alert on lithium batteries after UPS crash

October 8, 2010 - via Air Transport Intelligence news The US FAA has issued a safety alert recommending that airlines adopt new procedures to reduce the risk of onboard fire posed by lithium batteries.

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Wax, soap clean up obstacles to better batteries

August 12, 2010 - via Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Paraffin and surfactant oleic acid improve synthesis of lithium manganese phosphate electrodes.

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Everyday lithium batteries at center of debate about cargo handling

July 31, 2010 - via Washington Post The lithium-ion battery quietly fuels modern life. It powers our iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys and laptops. It's in the next round of electric cars coming to market this year. It also has a controversial safety record peppered with fires and recalls. Now the Department of Transportation wants to toughen rules for how the batteries -- and devices containing them -- are shipped on cargo planes. If finalized, the proposed changes would require shippers to treat iPhones as hazardous materials, on par with flammable paint or dry ice with the full weight of regulation and added costs that come with that classification.

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WSU Researchers Use Super-high Pressures to Create Super Battery

July 2, 2010 - via Washington State University Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth or on a giant planet, Washington State University researchers have created a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy.

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Enhancing the power of batteries

June 18, 2010 - via MIT Batteries might gain a boost in power capacity as a result of a new finding from researchers at MIT. They found that using carbon nanotubes for one of the battery’s electrodes produced a significant increase — up to tenfold — in the amount of power it could deliver from a given weight of material, compared to a conventional lithium-ion battery. Such electrodes might find applications in small portable devices, and with further research might also lead to improved batteries for larger, more power-hungry applications.

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Promare vying for Li Ion Battery Earmark

May 28, 2010 - via courtney.house.gov Alternative Power System Testing for Innovative Sensor Delivery and Deployment Concepts, Promare, Chester; $5 million. The bill authorizes $5 million to adapt an existing hybrid lithium-ion battery/fuel cell power system from the NASA space shuttle orbiter program for unmanned underwater vehicle use aboard the Experimental Research Transformational Submersible, S201.

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Saft develops Super-PhosphateTM technology for rigorous defense applications

November 2, 2009 - via Saft Super-Phosphate™ technology takes lithium iron phosphate technology to new levels.

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Saft delivers Li-ion battery system to power Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) operated by French special forces

June 30, 2009 - via Saft Saft Li-ion battery technology provides significant improvements in speed and autonomy for SDV compared with previous battery system

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Saft Li-ion battery system will power the new French Navy’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

June 9, 2008 - via Saft Saft Li-ion field- proven technology, will power the new “Guerre des Mines” demonstrator AUV during mine countermeasure missions

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Saft Power for BAe's Talisman 'M' Autonomour Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

September 10, 2007 - via SAFT Saft are to supply lithium-ion batteries to BAE Systems for use in its Talisman ‘M’ autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

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Saft lithium-ion battery system to improve the performances of the French AUV REDERMOR, forerunner of French Navy UUVs.

April 25, 2007 - via Saft Saft Li-ion battery system will provide five hours of autonomous operation for the Redermor-3 UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle)

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