Recipe For Making Batteries: Add A Dash Of Salt

"Researchers have found that using salt crystals as a template to grow thin sheets of conductive metal oxides make the materials turn out larger and more chemically pure. The secret to making bigger and purer energy storage materials? Just add salt, as an international team of researchers have found. Their findings, reported in Nature Communications, suggest that this method may help in creating an aluminum-ion battery that could store more charge than the best lithium-ion batteries found in laptops and mobile devices today. The team of researchers from Drexel University in the US and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Tsinghua University in China has shown that using s

Daimler starts deliveries of Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private homes

"Daimler AG and its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE are taking the next step forward in the stationary energy storage business. After embarking on the development and production of stationary storage systems last year and launching a number of large-scale industrial projects in the field of primary balancing power, home storage unit deliveries are now starting. The units are sold through a nationwide network of sales partners and partner companies in Germany. “There is tremendous interest in our energy storage units and we have already received numerous orders. Over the coming months, we will continue to step up and expand sales both in Germany and on the international market,” remarks Harald

"Scientists Develop Never-Ending Battery Technology For PCs, Smartphones And Electric Cars&quot

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a battery technology that greatly increases its lifespan and could mean never having to replace a battery again. Typical lithium-ion batteries, used in everything from smartphones to electric cars, see capacity dramatically drop after being recharged between 5,000 and 7,000 times. By utilizing nanowires, which are thousands of times thinner than the width of a human hair, the researchers at UCI were able to create a battery that went through 200,000 recharge cycles without losing any capacity — essentially meaning it would never need to be replaced. “We started to cycle the devices, and then realized that they weren’t going t

'Perpetual thorn to upper-caste pieties': How Ambedkar shaped modern India

"“Born into an ‘untouchable’ caste, educated himself and went on to study law in England and America; became leader of the ‘untouchables’ during the Raj; opposed Congress, which he saw as representative of the upper caste; pressured by Gandhi into pact with Congress in 1932; instrumental in drafting Indian Constitution; served as Law Minister in Nehru’s Cabinet , but finally distanced himself from the government; shortly before his death, converted to Buddhism in anger to Hindu caste practices , and urged his followers to do the same”-Index: Page 243 ‘The Idea of India’ by Sunil KhilnaniSunil Khilnani further writes in his book, “Born to parents of ‘untouchable’ Mahar caste in Maharashtra...

Tin: Plenty of Energy Storage Potential From a Versatile Metal

"New technologies can revolutionize the demand landscape for materials, just witness the demands created on lithium supply by the relentless growth of lithium-ion batteries, a trend that many believe has only just begun with the imminent advent of the mainstream electric car. New technological developments can also dramatically affect the demand picture for already well-established metals such as the impact automotive lightweighting has had on aluminum demand, spurring massive investment in new rolling mills and lifting annual demand by significant percentage points." full article here.

Technology: No down payment for owning electric vehicles in India, says minister

"India is striving hard to be the pioneer of electric vehicles. By 2030, all of India will drive EVs. At a recent event organized by CII Young India, Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state for power, stated that India has the potential to become the first nation of its size to be 100% electric vehicle country by 2030. “We are trying to make this programme self-financing. We don’t need one rupee support from the government. We don’t need one rupee investment from the people of India.” He said that the government is formulating a scheme where people can be offered an electric car for free (zero down payment) and people can pay for it out of savings on petroleum products. In 2013, India launched


"EnerSys has re-designed aspects of the traditional lead-acid battery to fit it for use in datacentre UPS installations, supporting very high power density – that is, the ability to deliver all its stored energy at high current, for a short time, when required.DataSafe XE batteries are specifically designed in response to the evolving requirements of today’s modern critical UPS applications. Engineered with Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology and superior manufacturing processes, the batteries provide high power and are capable of supporting short duration runtimes under five minutes. Changes in the datacentre industry, the company says, mean that batteries must be capable of providing mo

Former Fiat exec: VW fallout may hurt hybrids

"Full hybrids and plug-in hybrids will suffer most in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal, says former Fiat engineer Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of Europe's pre-eminent powertrain experts.Rinolfi, 68, says the move to real-world emissions tests, which has been accelerated by VW's use of a defeat device to deceive testers, will show that plug-in hybrids are not nearly as efficient when on the road compared with the very low carbon dioxide results they attain under Europe's current guidelines.This is not the first time Rinolfi, who many consider the father of the common-rail diesel, has shared a bold prediction with Automotive News Europe. In 2005, when he was head of Fiat po

EnerSys introduces higher density UPS batteries

"American energy storage specialist EnerSys has announced a new range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries, designed to deliver more power while lasting up to three times longer than conventional lead-acid counterparts.The DataSafe XE batteries have been engineered with Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, and can operate within an extended temperature range, making them suitable for high density data center environments." full article here.

"Will India be a 100% electric vehicles nation by 2030?

"The government's drive to make India a 100 percent electric vehicle nation by 2030 has caught the fancy of many state governments. Delhi and Karnataka have been quick to bring in measures to make electric and hybrid cars more attractive. CNBC-TV18's Shweta Kothari and Areeb Sherwani report that more state governments will soon follow. Electric cars like these could be the only kind of vehicles on Indian roads in 15 years. At least, that's what the government hopes. In a bid to make electric vehicles more attractive to buyers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley threw in a slew of incentives for these cars – from removing the end-date for the zero basic customs duty and concessional 6 percent exci

Tesla’s new Model 3 seats five adults, has two trunks, costs $35,000—and could change everything

"After eight years of promotional buildup, Elon Musk spent just 13 minutes introducing the Model 3, the new mainstream electric car produced by his company, Tesla.That’s not much for a car that Musk, a significant part of Wall Street, and much of the technology community, believe could tip the world away from gasoline-driven vehicles, curb climate change, and profoundly shake up urban lifestyles everywhere. If the make-or-break vehicle is a blockbuster, it will justify investors’ big bet—they have valued Tesla not like a car company, but a Silicon Valley technology startup. But if it sells only at middling scale like current electrics, cash-burning Tesla could go bust.Though it was short, th

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