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Department of Energy Announces $37 Million In Funding For IONICS Energy Storage & Conversion Projects (16 Projects)

The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) will be providing $37 million in new funding to 16 projects focused on the development of energy storage and conversion technologies, as part of the Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS) program, according to a recent press release from the US government. To […]

September 27th

Volkswagen Working On 3-Year Project To Improve EV Range

A 3-year, €2 million research project to improve electric vehicle ranges and the electromagnetic compatibility of associated systems is now being worked on by researchers at the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, in collaboration with Volkswagen AG and AEM (Anhaltische Elektromotorenwerk Dessau), according to recent reports. A researcher on the project, Professor Dr Roberto Leidhold, commented on the […]

August 25th

Reducing Propensity For Electrode Fragmentation In Silicon-Aluminum Anodes For Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario have discovered a new means of improving silicon anode durability (when in use with lithium-ion batteries) through the utilization of newly observed self-healing behavior of cracks in micron-sized silicon particles dispersed “in a ductile Al matrix cycled using a high lithiation rate of 15.6 C.” As some […]

August 17th

Air Pollution Linked To Brain Disorders

Dirty gray particulates hanging around as you inhale aren’t too helpful for public health. Particulates spewing from ICE cars, trucks, and buses affect many people worse than pollen. New research by the American Psychological Association reports that I am not alone in being concerned about this. The American Psychological Association (APA) links air pollution to brain disorders and diminished cognitive abilities. “Smog […]

August 6th

Most Fuel Efficient Cars In USA (2016)

I just realized while writing “Auto Industry: ‘We Can’t Change, Please Let Us Keep Abusing You‘” that I never got to publishing a 2016 edition of “Most Fuel Efficient Cars In The USA,” to follow the very popular 2015 and 2014 posts. As it turns out, not much has changed since 2015. Of course, electric […]

July 15th

Report: Relatively Minor Increase In Energy Investment Could Slash Premature Air-Pollution-Related Deaths 50% By 2040

Even a relatively minor increase in energy investment and associated policies could slash premature air-pollution related deaths significantly by the year 2040, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) special report represents the agency’s first in-depth analysis of the issue of air quality and air […]

June 29th

DOE Researchers Report Advance In Understanding Of Lithium-Rich Cathode Use

A “major” advance in the understanding of how exactly oxidation leads to the creation of extra capacity in lithium-rich cathodes has been reported by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The advance will reportedly open “the door to batteries with far higher energy density,” according to a recent press release on […]

June 3rd

UK’s Commons Environment Committee: More Cities Should Be Home To “Clean Air Zones”

Originally published on CleanTechnica. More cities in the UK should be granted the enhanced powers allowing for the ban of highly polluting vehicles from city centers — powers being granted to London, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham, and Southampton — according to the UK’s Commons Environment Committee. The committee argues that such powers are necessary to tackle poor air quality. […]

May 24th

Hanyang University & BMW Develop Lithium-Ion Battery With High Energy Density Using Carbon Nanotube Silicon Composite Anode

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A new, fully functional lithium-ion battery design featuring high energy density and a good cycle life has been created by researchers at Hanyang University and BMW Group, according to recent news from the company and university. The new work has been detailed in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy […]

May 23rd

Nissan Motors & Nissan Arc Announce Joint Development Of New Atomic Analysis Methodology, Lithium-Ion Battery Performance Increases Likely

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A new atomic analysis methodology — one that will likely allow for the increasing of lithium-ion battery performance — has been developed by researchers at Nissan Motor Company and Nissan Arc, according to a new press release. The new methodology was the result of a collaborative research and development effort between […]

May 16th

Electric Carsharing Is A Win! Help Me Launch It In Wroclaw, Poland!!

Originally published on CleanTechnica. This article jumps into 3 things: 1) my experience using (& loving) carsharing 10–12 years ago, 2) a new study out of London on the benefits of carsharing (or “car clubs” as they call them there), 3) a short pitch to help me and another dude here in Poland launch electric carsharing in […]

May 9th

Li-Ion Batteries That Charge In Under 1 Second (Not Supercapacitors) Developed In Norway, But Not Ideal For Cars

Originally published on Gas2. Scientists and researchers around the world are working on improved battery technology that will facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels to electric vehicles. Their quest is for a battery that is lighter, cheaper, and smaller, with greater energy density. It is unlikely anyone will find a single solution that checks […]

May 4th

Outokumpu & Fraunhofer Institute Develop New Lightweight Stainless Steel EV Battery-Pack

The Finnish company Outokumpu, working in partnership with the German Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), has developed a new lightweight, stainless steel electric vehicle battery pack, according to recent reports. The two organizations have been working together on a number of different lightweight, stainless steel solutions for electric vehicles (EVs) that make use of […]

April 29th