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New materials are powering the battery revolution

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018 by

Shutterstockarnyfgx Lithium ion batteries, such as the ones pictured here, are currently the most common type of battery in electronics. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people. Nearly all of them are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the single most important component enabling the portable electronics revolution of the […]

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100% Solar-Powered Quadcopter Flies Without Batteries

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 by

A team of student engineers from the National University of Singapore has built a quadcopter drone powered entirely by sunlight. The prototype has flown above 10 meters (about 33 feet) in test flights with no onboard battery or any […]

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How a Battery Breakthrough May Lead to Electric Cars That Charge in Seconds

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by

An impediment to electric car adoption is the fact that they can take a long time to charge. That means for people to be able to actually use their cars to travel long distances (an understandable aspiration, to be sure) widespread electric car […]

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Scots scientists’ battery breakthrough could revolutionise electric cars

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 by

Electric cars could be charged in a matter of seconds using a revolutionary battery system developed by a team of Scottish scientists, it has been claimed. Researchers at the University of Glasgow have adapted nano-molecules so they are able […]

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The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by

Hoover Dam helped transform the American West, harnessing the force of the Colorado River — along with millions of cubic feet of concrete and tens of millions of pounds of steel — to power millions of homes and businesses. It was one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. Now it is the […]

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World’s First Battery For Offshore Wind Completed At Floating Offshore Wind Farm

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by

Norwegian energy company Equinor announced this week that it has completed the installation of the world’s first battery for an offshore wind farm at its 30 megawatt (MW) Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm, which is the world’s first floating wind farm. First approved by […]

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‘Workhorse’ lithium battery could be more powerful thanks to new design

Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by

Snehashis Choudhury, Ph.D. ’18, left, and Lynden Archer in Archer’s Kimball Hall office. Credit: Tom Fleischman Cornell University chemical engineering professor Lynden Archer believes there needs to be a battery technology “revolution—and thinks that his lab has fired one of the first shots. “What we have now [in lithium-ion battery technology] is actually at the […]

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World’s Largest Battery and Rapid-Charge Network Launches to Accelerate EV Adoption

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by

London-based Pivot Power unveiled plans to build the world’s first national network of grid-scale batteries and rapid-charge stations across the UK to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and to usher in low-carbon transport. The ambitious £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) initiative consists of 50-megawatt batteries constructed at 45 sites around the country and located near towns and major roads. The hubs will […]

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Tesla patent reveals secret behind its solar roof tile’s camouflage capacity

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by

The idea behind Tesla’s solar roof tiles was driven by Elon Musk seeing a need for more differentiation in solar products, which he thought would be driven by aesthetics. Integrating solar cells into roofing material wasn’t in any way a new idea, but Tesla’s solar roof tiles innovated by making the solar cells undetectable from a street […]

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New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by

Where others might look at substances like urine, blood and sweat and cringe, Juan Pablo Esquivel sees untapped sources of energy. Not for powering large engines but rather to produce small amounts of electricity that could play a vital role in the burgeoning telemedicine market. Today Esquivel, a 35-year-old electronics engineer, is developing miniature paper-based fuel […]

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