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Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four …

Rechargeable 'spin battery' promising for spintronics and quantum computing

Researchers have shown how to create a rechargeable "spin battery" made out of materials called topological insulators, a step toward building new …

Tesla Semi: analysts see Tesla leasing batteries for $0.25/miles in 300,000 electric trucks for $7.5 billion in revenue

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company plans to unveil its electric semi truck, called ‘Tesla Semi’, in September, which is sooner than most industry watcher anticipated.<p>Now analysts covering the company are weighing in the new trucking business in their valuation of the company and coming …

The 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery says he's made another big breakthrough

Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance.<p>If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete …

Clean Energy

The Beguiling Promise Of John Goodenough's New Battery Technology

Google’s Eric Schmidt tweeted this week about a new fast-charging battery technology from John Goodenough, the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, Dr. Maria Braga and his research team in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin.<p>The new design uses a glass …

Clean Energy

Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning

Tesla is ready to power some grids. And not just in California or Australia.<p>Last week, Elon Musk wagered he could address South Australia’s energy …

Google's Schmidt Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery

The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry …

Electrek green energy brief: Exxon CEO hid climate change talks, 50,000 battery systems in Germany, ¢6.3/kWh solar+storage, more

Exxon CEO hid climate change communications from legal probe – First off, #exxonknew and they continued to pay third parties to lie to the public about the effect of CO2 on climate change. And they know the bell will soon toll – the question is how long can they hold off the wolves of public …

Rechargeable lithium batteries come with fire risks

Rechargeable lithium batteries have become ubiquitous over the past decade, powering our cellphones, computers and even some cars. But they also …

Clean Energy

Will a New Glass Battery Accelerate the End of Oil?

Electric car purchases have been on the rise lately, posting an estimated 60 percent growth rate last year. They’re poised for rapid adoption by …

This 94-Year-Old Engineer Just Invented an Ultra-Efficient New Battery (and Tesla Will Love It)

John Goodenough, the man responsible for the lithium-ion battery, might just have his biggest breakthrough at the end of his career.<p>In the United States, if you can succeed well ahead of your years, well, society says, you're the source of inspiration for everyone else. (Mark Zuckerberg, Adam …

SK Innovation is doubling its battery production for electric vehicles to 4GWh/year to support demand from Mercedes and others

Korea-based SK Innovation announced today that it will expand its battery production capacity for electric vehicles. The company’s battery division manufactures the battery cells for the Kia Soul EV, some electric vehicles made in China, and it won a contract to supply batteries for Mercedes’ …

Some guy in Texas may just have created a better battery

Meet your 94-year-old new best friend.<p>His name is John Goodenough and not only is he a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, but he also helped invent the lithium-ion battery that powers all our iPhones, Androids, Macs, Surfaces and Nintendo Switches. He also has the most amazing name for …

Solid-State Battery May Be Next Great Leap Forward In Technology

John Goodenough and researchers at the University of Texas say they have invented a solid state battery with higher energy density than a lithium ion …

Clean Energy

Goal Zero's new Yeti Power Stations are half the weight of their predecessors

Back in January of this year we took a sneak peek at three new Yeti Lithium Power Stations from Goal Zero, which promised a bevy of upgrades over the …

Solid Glass Electrolytes Could Save Electric Car Batteries

The car of the year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show wasn’t a gas-guzzler. It was the Chevrolet Bolt, a vehicle powered by an electric battery. But that …

Are Lithium-ion Batteries Safe?

It’s no exaggeration to say lithium-ion batteries power our tech-driven world. They’re common across the tech industry and used in myriad consumer …

New plan to boost battery production - Business

China is set to encourage domestic electric car battery manufacturers to expand their production scale, following the introduction of a new action …

Lithium-Ion Pioneer Introduces New Battery That’s Three Times Better

94 year-old John Goodenough, one of the co-inventors of the lithium-ion battery that now powers everything from phones to Teslas, has developed a new …

Lithium-ion creator helped develop a better battery technology

At 94 years old, John B. Goodenough isn't done changing the landscape of battery technology. The University of Texas at Austin professor who's widely credited for the invention of lithium-ion batteries has developed a better alternative. Goodenough, Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria …

China And The U.S. Supercharge The Growing Global Electric Vehicle Industry

Since EVs first came on the scene earlier in this decade, the two main impediments to their growth have been their high sticker prices and the lack of a charging infrastructure. The high cost of lithium-ion batteries has been one of the main reasons for the high cost of EVs compared to vehicles …

Honda wants to charge electric vehicles dynamically for ‘unlimited range’ on highways

We find that automakers who have historically been betting on hydrogen fuel cells over battery-powered vehicles, like Honda, are very focused on the speed of charging since it’s currently the only advantage fuel cells have over batteries.<p>While charge rates are obviously important, it’s not actually …

Tesla is now claiming 35% battery cost reduction at ‘Gigafactory 1’ – hinting at breakthrough cost below $125/kWh

Recent studies show that average electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to ~$227/kWh. It’s exciting progress for the electric vehicle industry, but it’s still not enough to make long-range electric cars affordable.<p>You need batteries significantly below the average – battery cell …

LG is adding production capacity at its battery factory for Chevy Volt, Bolt EV and Chrysler Pacifica

Korea-based electronic giant LG is making most of the components that make the Chevy Bolt EV an electric vehicle, including the battery pack, electric motor, and power electronics, and the battery packs for the Volt. Therefore, its production capacity will determine GM’s total output for what is …

These liquid batteries would be safer than lithium-ion—and last longer, too

Harvard researchers created a longer lasting battery, so we can stop complaining about how quickly our smartphones and laptops lose power.<p>Current …

Honda, Hitachi Automotive to form EV motor joint venture

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd and Hitachi Ltd’s auto parts subsidiary plan to form a joint venture to develop, produce and sell motors for electric vehicles (EV), joining forces to better compete in the highly specialized “green” car segment.<p>Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo (R) …

We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market

Unpredictably rapid growth happens pretty predictably.<p>Just about every analyst agrees that the electric vehicle market is poised for rapid growth. But how rapid?<p>It’s not an idle question. The rate of EV growth will have huge implications for oil markets, auto markets, and electric utilities. Yet it …

Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report<p>Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested.<p>A scenario that …

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to $227/kWh – Tesla claims to be below $190/kWh

Profitable production of electric vehicles is highly important. Our capitalist society revolves around profitability and therefore, if electric vehicles are to prevail over gas-powered cars, they need to be profitable to manufacture in mass.<p>A new study published this month by McKinsey & Company and …