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PowerGenix and Amperex collaborate to produce NiZn

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:55 -- Anonymous
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PowerGenix has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Asian battery manufacturer Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (ATL) to manufacture nickel-zinc batteries for use in start-stop applications.

ATL manufactures rechargeable lithium-polymer battery cells and related battery packs and systems. It was the first Chinese manufacturer to produce high quality lithium polymer batteries in large volumes.

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Fisker caught in bankruptcy battle

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:52 -- Anonymous
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Fisker Automotive entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in November 2013 following mounting debts. A bidding war for its assets, and debts, has begun between Wanxiang America and Hybrid Tech Holdings – a newly-formed Hong Kong-based company.

A $25m deal was nearly complete for Hybrid Tech to buy Fisker’s assets and take over a defaulted Department of Energy loan. However, before the deal was sealed Wanxiang, a Chinese auto-parts maker, made a rival offer. 

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Amer-Sil and Vidyut Insulation form Indian joint venture

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:29 -- Anonymous
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Amer-Sil, a maker of separators and gauntlets for industrial batteries, and Vidyut Insulation Pvt Ltd, an Indian producer of woven tubular bags, have formed a joint venture.

Amer-Sil Vidyut Microporous Membranes Pvt, Ltd. will establish two production sites in India to increase the production of woven tubular bags, introduce non-woven gauntlet technology and produce industrial battery separators.

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EV sales rocket in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:21 -- Anonymous
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Sales of electric vehicles rose by 55% last year in France with a total of 8770 vehicles sold. 

The best selling model was the Renault Zoe, sales of which reached 5511, or a 62.8% share of the EV market. The figures are up from 5663 EVs in 2012. 

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Atraverda is back with uprated bipolar battery

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:40 -- Anonymous
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Bipolar batteries also use the entire surface area between each cell to transfer current and cause less stress, improving lifetime and performance.
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British bipolar battery maker Atraverda is launching a new 24V lead-acid battery in the second quarter of 2014.

The new battery is an uprated version of its first 24V, 15Ah bipolar battery, hundreds of which have been trialled, mostly for electric wheelchairs and golf carts. Following feedback from its clients wanting a product with higher volumetric energy density, Atraverda is to launch a 24V, 18Ah battery by summer 2014.

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Honda gets into V2G

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:26 -- Anonymous
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Honda has contributed an Accord plug-in to the study
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Honda is involved in a demonstration project for vehicle-to-grid technology. The project is based on research from the University of Delaware, supported by NRG Energy, to show the controls, regulatory requirements and market participation rules for selling energy storage from vehicles into the regulation market.

Honda’s role includes supplying an Accord plug-in hybrid that has V2G capabilities to the University for investigations into the benefits the technology could bring both for vehicle owners and the electricity grid.

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Enersys programme converts trucks to battery power

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:13 -- Anonymous
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an average of US$6300 can be saved in fuel costs each year with electric conversion
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EnerSys has launched a programme beginning in Chicago and emanating out across the US to convert industrial lift fleets over to electric power. The rationale is it will save fleet operators an average of US$6300 worth of fuel per vehicle per year.

Called the Convert to Electric (SM) (C2E(SM)), it has been launched in Chicago because it has a high number of industrial, manufacturing and retail businesses that use these types of trucks and forklifts.

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Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt licensed for cathodes

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:09 -- Anonymous
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The global developer of chemicals, materials and energy storage solutions, 3M, has teamed up with Korea-based ECOPRO to develop a patent license to build upon existing work in nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) for cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Under the license agreement, 3M is granting a license for use of three patented cathodes it holds. These patents are US6964828, US7078128, US8241791 and all global equivalents that relate to preparing compositions useful as cathodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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Integrated circuit recharges batteries

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:06 -- Anonymous
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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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