Fujitsu introduces compact PCB relay for medium-to-heavy automotive loads


Fujitsu has expanded its automotive relay offering with a new 12 VDC PCB relay featuring a switching capacity of 50 A at 14 VDC. The FBR53-HC offers a higher contact rating than its 40-amp FBR53-HW counterpart, yet occupies the same 12.1 x 15.5 x 13.7 mm footprint, and weighs the same 6 grams. With a… Read more »

BASF markets anode binders for Li-ion batteries


Battery manufacturers are striving to increase capacity, reduce charging time and ensure an adequate supply of raw materials. BASF developed its new Licity range of binders in order to meet these needs. Depending on their requirements, customers can choose a series with a certain application focus, such as binders suitable for pure graphite or silicon-containing anodes…. Read more »

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More conductive copper could increase motor efficiency


Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) claim to have increased the conductivity of copper wire by about five percent. That may seem like a small amount, but it could make a big difference in motor efficiency. Higher conductivity would also mean that less copper would be needed for the same efficiency, which could reduce… Read more »

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Russian nuclear company ROSATOM enters EV battery market


Russian nuclear technology company ROSATOM has entered the energy storage market. Subsidiary RENERA will develop modular lithium-ion traction batteries for EVs, as well as energy storage systems for emergency power, renewable energy and load shifting. The company’s current portfolio includes more than 120 ongoing and completed projects to supply Li-ion batteries. A number of contracts… Read more »

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TRB’s new production process for high-volume continuous-fiber thermoset composite parts


TRB Lightweight Structures has created a new production process to deliver continuous-fiber thermoset composite parts at high volume. This automated manufacturing process is now being used to supply a global Tier 1 powertrain manufacturer with battery components for electric buses. TRB’s manufacturing process combines proprietary snap-cure resins and in-house-produced prepreg materials with robotic production to… Read more »

Saietta secures UK research contract for Axial Flux Traction motor


Oxfordshire tech company Saietta has won a grant through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to ramp up production of its Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motor. The APC research contract will enable Saietta to increase annual motor production capacity to 150,000 and enable the hiring of 150 to 250 engineers in the first round of… Read more »

Indonesia to form EV battery joint venture


A group of state-owned companies in Indonesia will form a joint venture to produce Li-ion batteries. Partners in the new Indonesia Battery Holding joint venture include two mining firms: Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND) and PT Aneka Tambang; as well as state power utility Perusahan Listrik Negara (PLN), and state oil company Pertamina. Indonesia Battery Holding… Read more »

Livent to invest in Nemaska Lithium, extends supply agreement with Tesla


Lithium supplier Livent has announced its participation in a consortium to acquire the business and certain assets of Nemaska Lithium, located in Québec. Livent will invest in the company via a joint venture with The Pallinghurst Group. Livent has also extended its multi-year lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Tesla through 2021, and has committed to… Read more »

Skeleton Technologies raises $48.5 million to expand the competitive advantage of ultracapacitors


Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has announced the completion of a €41.3-million financing round. All the company’s existing investors participated in the equity raise, and were joined by European entrepreneurs and international investors.  Skeleton CEO Taavi Madiberk said, “The roadmap to zero emissions needs innovation and a mix of enabling technologies. Ultracapacitors are a key enabler for… Read more »