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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.



Where 3 million electric batteries will go when they retire

July 3rd, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

GM, Toyota and BYD are part of a potential $550 billion industry. The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and […]



The death of the internal combustion engine

June 4th, 2018 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal , a French newspaper, in December 1893. Its answer was to organise the Paris-Rouen race for horseless carriages, held the following July. The 102 entrants included vehicles powered by steam, petrol, electricity, compressed air and […]



A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

May 25th, 2018 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

New study debunks myths claiming renewables can’t be integrated into electric grid. The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point: many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now.



Why Lithium is about to replace oil

April 10th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The market for Lithium (Li) is about to explode. What we are witnessing now is nothing less that the transition from a carbon- to a lithium-based economy. In the space of three years, we have gone from a global lithium glut to a structural shortage.



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