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A massive, ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

January 7th, 2019 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have found hundreds of years’ worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports. Rare-earth metals are crucial in the making of high-tech products such as electric vehicles and batteries, and most of the […]



Life-blood of Tesla batteries hits supply limits in Andean mine

December 31st, 2018 at 1:59 am » Comments Off

  For the past nine months, a U.S. company that is the world’s largest producer of lithium—a key ingredient in electric-car batteries—has been locked in battle with the Chilean government over pricing issues, production quotas, and environmental compliance. With no resolution in sight, the fight is sending tremors all the way up the electric vehicle […]



Chinese company says it will soon cross $100 battery threshold, slaying the gasoline car

December 12th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

    Envision Group analysts discovered the price curve after purchasing Nissan’s battery division, Envision CEO Lei Zhang said. Getty photoGETTY Envision Energy will produce batteries for $100 per kilowatt hour by 2020, the Shanghai company’s founder and CEO said at Stanford University, predicting the price will drop to $50 only five years later and […]



Large “Tesla ships” all-electric container barges are launching this autum

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]



120-kW wireless charging proves 97% efficient

October 29th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

High power wireless charging efficiency reaches 97%. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) upgraded its previous 20 kW wireless charging system to 120 kW, and through a new design and a silicon carbide power electronic device, it was able to achieve 97% efficiency.



Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries

October 24th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

They’ll reportedly last for thousands of years. This technology may someday power spacecraft, satellites, high-flying drones, and pacemakers. Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global warming. We also have the infrastructure for it already in place. It’s nuclear waste that […]



This new Lithium battery tech can simply suck up CO2 to power itself

October 8th, 2018 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

We need this right now! Everybody knows the world’s got a serious carbon dioxide problem, but an ingenious and potentially cost-effective way of dealing with our surplus CO2 could provide the means of tomorrow’s battery technology. For years scientists have looked at ways of capturing carbon and storing it underground or even potentially in the […]



Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes

September 21st, 2018 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes. Big companies from around the world have already shown interest in Prof. Lee Cronin’s energy-dense liquid battery. One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles – that they require hours and hours to charge – could be obliterated by new type of liquid […]



A new flow battery prototype aims to store vast amounts of renewable power for the grid

August 1st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing. With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, researchers have made an advance with a flow battery, the type of battery […]



Tesla and PG&E are working on a massive ‘up to 1.1 GWh power pack battery system

July 10th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

For the past few months, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have been teasing a giant battery project that would dwarf even the company’s 129 MWh Powerpack project in Australia. Today, we learn that Tesla is working with PG&E on a massive battery system with a capacity of “up to 1.1 GWh” in California.



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