Category BATTERY

Phinergy’s metal-air battery could eliminate EV range anxiety

  By Darren Quick   Phinergy’s demonstration vehicle boasts a range of over 1,000 miles (1,609 km) using metal-air battery technology Image Gallery (3 images)   Israel-based company Phinergy claims to have developed metal-air battery technology that promises to end the range anxiety associated with electric vehicles. The company’s battery currently consists of 50 aluminum plates, each […]

Bill Gates, investors, back sodium battery startup Aquion Energy

  by Katie Fehrenbacher SUMMARY:Battery startup Aquion Energy is raising another round of $35 million from Bill Gates and other new and existing investors. The company has been planning to build a factory in Pennsylvania that can produce its low cost power grid batteries. tweet this Bill Gates is continuing to fund next-generation battery startups. On Tuesday, battery […]

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Questions Linger on Battery Prices in Electric Cars

By KEVIN CAMERON THE battery maker A123, a producer of lithium-ion cells for hybrid cars made by General Motors and Fisker Automotive that was founded in 2001 by MIT scientists, filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 16. ReVolt Technology, a maker of zinc-air batteries with a North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., called it quits last week. Another battery […]

A123 Confirms Wanxiang Wins Bid for Bankrupt Battery Maker

By REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters) – China’s largest maker of auto parts won an auction for A123 Systems Inc, a bankrupt maker of batteries forelectric cars that was funded partly with U.S. government money, A123 confirmed in a statement Sunday. Wanxiang Group Corp’s bid of $256.6 million topped a joint bid from Johnson Controls Inc of Milwaukee […]

Questions Linger on Battery Prices in Electric Cars

By KEVIN CAMERON THE battery maker A123, a producer of lithium-ion cells for hybrid cars made by General Motors and Fisker Automotive that was founded in 2001 by MIT scientists, filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 16. ReVolt Technology, a maker of zinc-air batteries with a North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., called it quits last week. Another battery […]

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In Scotland, Researchers Claim an Advance in Lithium-Air Battery Technology

For shoppers who might consider an electric vehicle if not for the dread range anxiety, much blame can be assigned to the best battery that electro-chemists and engineers have developed for mass production: the lithium-ion battery. But science may find a way. Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have demonstrated an early form of a much more capable […]

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A123 Bankrupt but still getting the dough from the Feds…and the Chinese?

And in the “one hand didn’t know what the other hand was doing” department, we have this. Lithium-ion battery-pack maker A123 Systems received almost $1 million in federal funding the day it filed for bankruptcy, Reuters reports, citing a letter the company sent to Republican Senators John Thune and Chuck Grassley. A123 got a $950,000 payment on October 16, the […]

Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy

By Dawn McCarty and Craig Trudell – Oct 16, 2012 12:02 PM MT Jeffrey Sauger/Bloomberg Machines are used to fabricate batteries at the A123 Systems lithium ion automotive battery manufacturing plant in Livonia, Michigan. A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), the electric car battery maker that received a $249.1 million federal grant, filed for bankruptcy protection and said […]

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Stanford scientists give new life to Thomas Edison’s nickel-iron battery

By Brian Dodson Thomas Edison with his nickel-iron rechargeable battery in 1910 (Photo: Smithsonian) Image Gallery (6 images) A green, rechargeable battery that is suitable for powering electric vehicles and stationary power storage applications, and that would survive tens of thousands of charge cycles in a useful life of 100 years without loss of capacity. What could […]

Tesla, SolarCity quietly selling building battery projects

By Katie Fehrenbacher Apr. 17, 2012, 5:00am PT 16 Comments Electric car company Tesla and solar roof installer SolarCity have quietly been making deals that could one day lead to dozens of sales of battery projects coupled with rooftop solar systems built at both residential and commercial buildings in California. SolarCity confirmed the energy storage plans with me, […]

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LiON Air Battery

Show full PR text IBM Research Boosts Battery 500 Project with New Materials PartnersAsahi Kasei and Central Glass to enhance electric vehicle lithium-air battery innovation SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 20, 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that two industry leaders — Asahi Kasei and Central Glass — will join its Battery 500 Project team […]

Focus On Fuel Savings

  By Elyse Moody  As mergers, consolidation and a stressed operational environment reshape commercial aviation, fuel efficiency has risen to the top of airline business concerns. Not only is it the industry’s single biggest expense, but economic and environmental pressures are forcing carriers to watch fuel consumption like a hawk. According to Airlines for America’s […]