'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously ...
Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.
Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode
Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial.
Sony issues battery-fire warning over 26,000 Vaio laptops
Sony on Friday warned customers to stop using its new Vaio Fit 11A laptops due to an overheating battery problem that poses a fire risk and said it may issue a recall.
Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, ...
Researching materials to optimize battery performance
Creating environment friendly energy storage systems, non-explosive and with charge/discharge long-term cycles, motivated a group of scientists from the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Campus Iztapalapa ...
StoreDot has plans for 30-second battery charge
Scientists at SLAC's synchrotron observe 'breathing' layer during battery operation
(Phys.org) —High-tech "smart windows," which darken to filter out sunlight in response to electric current, function much like batteries. Now, X-ray studies at SLAC provide a crystal-clear view into how ...
Daimler acquires lithium-ion battery maker
Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.
Researchers developing cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials for use in anodes and cathodes (negative and positive ...
US closes investigation of Tesla battery fires
The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company said it would install more shields beneath the cars.
Conductivity and chemical effects of carbon coating on electric car batteries
(Phys.org) —While you may see a Chevrolet Volt here, or a Nissan Leaf there, the future of the electric car has a way to go when it comes to safety, cost and, especially, performance. However, Engineering ...
Battery dissolves in water, holds promise for biomedical implants
Scientists track 3-D nanoscale changes in rechargeable battery material during operation
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the first 3D observations of how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery ...