Category: study

As electric vehicle production ramps up worldwide, a supply crunch for battery materials is looming

As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, metals used to make the vehicles’ batteries may face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released Wednesday. Lithium, cobalt, and nickel supplies are expected to be worst hit. As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, the metals used…
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1st August 2019 0

Multilayer design makes conducting stretchable batteries

Stretchable conductors that stay conducting even when stretched by as much as 300% in any direction could find use in a new generation of deformable and wearable electronic devices. The conductors are made by sequential layering of polymers and gold nanoparticles in a design that is the first of its kind according to the researchers…
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31st July 2019 0

New £80m investment to drive forward next generation of net zero planes and cars

The government unveiled an £80m investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles – and which could also help develop new hybrid aircraft. The investment – through the modern Industrial Strategy – will help ensure the UK is able to supply products both in the UK and abroad, to help cut carbon emissions…
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29th July 2019 0

Can Metals Supply Keep Up With Electric Vehicle Demand?

Battery raw materials could face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s. In every electric vehicle (EV) battery, there’s a complex chemistry of metals – cobalt, lithium, nickel and more. The electrification of transport is transforming the demand and supply of those battery raw materials. In fact, we expect to see double-digit growth for battery raw…
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25th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – The risks and how to manage them

The rapid rise of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s) that use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology brings with it massive potential – but also a significant range of risks.  AIG Energy Industry Group says this is one of the most important emerging risks today – and organisations that use this technology must balance the opportunities with…
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24th July 2019 0

Japan’s Toray to manufacture battery components in Europe

Japanese materials company Toray has announced plans to open a facility for manufacturing battery separator films for use in lithium-ion batteries. The factory is expected to begin operations in July 2021 and will increase Toray’s production material for the component by around 20%. Toray Industries, Inc. has announced plans to open a new factory in…
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17th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

There is a good deal of misleading statistics surrounding lithium-battery recycling and China and South Korea have already emerged as the global hubs where most batteries end up at the end of their lifetime, a new report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The study states one of the reasons lithium-ion recycling rates…
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15th July 2019 0

Lithium batteries: Far more widely recycled than second-hand statistics imply

Taking apart and recycling the larger battery modules used in grid-scale storage and EVs is a task requiring far more skill than doing the same in portable electronics, the report says. Image: AltaGas. Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging…
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8th July 2019 0

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas. The rest is biomass burning. The…
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21st June 2019 0

Audi E-tron recalled for battery seal, potential “thermal event”

Audi confirmed Monday that it is recalling 1,644 E-tron electric SUVs, including 544 vehicles that have been delivered to customers, due to an issue with the battery pack’s seal that it says could lead to “a short circuit or thermal event.” Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting…
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13th June 2019 0