Tesla’s Advanced Battery Research group gets new leadership, Jeff Dahn to become Chief Scientific Advisor for Novonix


Professor Jeff Dahn is a star researcher in the battery field—he has co-authored 730 papers and holds some 73 patents. Professor Dahn and his research group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia have had an exclusive research partnership with Tesla since 2016. Now Professor Dahn is stepping down from his leadership role at Tesla’s… Read more »

Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

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Most automakers may have rejected hydrogen as an energy storage medium for passenger vehicles (Toyota is the notable exception), but the technology may yet find applications for industrial processes, and in other forms of transportation such as aviation and shipping. Some envision the lightest element as a medium to store energy from intermittent renewable sources,… Read more »

Project aims to develop a swappable containerized battery system for marine applications


Current Direct, a new €12-million research and innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a new type of lithium-ion cell, as well as a swappable containerized energy storage system, both optimized for waterborne transportation. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an interchangeable battery system and Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) platform in an… Read more »

AAM and Inovance to collaborate on integrated EV drivetrains 


American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) and Suzhou Inovance Automotive have announced a technology development agreement that will accelerate the development and delivery of scalable, next-generation 3-in-1 electric drive systems, which integrate an inverter, electric motor and gearbox. The companies will focus on enhancing the power density, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of integrated EV drivetrains. AAM and… Read more »

Hong Kong researchers propose novel cathode design for Li-S batteries


A team led by Professor Zhao Tianshou of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has proposed a novel cathode design concept for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Li-S batteries are regarded as attractive alternatives to Li-ion batteries. They are known for their high energy density, while their major component, sulfur, is abundant, light, cheap and… Read more »

New class of cobalt-free cathodes could enhance energy density of Li-ion batteries


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new family of cathodes with the potential to replace the costly cobalt-based cathodes typically found in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new class, called NFA (nickel, iron, aluminum), is a derivative of lithium nickelate that’s used as a cathode material. These novel cathodes are designed to be… Read more »

DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap

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The DOE has released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, the agency’s first comprehensive energy storage strategy. Announced in January 2020, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) seeks to establish American leadership in energy storage. In addition to concerted research efforts, the Roadmap’s approach includes accelerating the transition of technologies from the lab to the… Read more »

Sunstone Engineering’s new battery welding system paves way for copper and nickel tab welding


Sponsored by Sunstone Engineering Sunstone’s new Omega PA250i battery welding system can do what other welders struggle to accomplish: Attach copper to steel or aluminum. By using a pure copper tab to connect one power cell to another, EV manufacturers will realize a significant boost in power cell efficiency. So why do most EV manufacturers… Read more »

Trends in hybrid and electric mobility in commercial transportation


Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards. As electrification expands across multiple industries, it must adapt to diverging requirements and unique challenges. Industrial and commercial transportation is a great example with longer routes, ranges or exposure to harsh environments…. Read more »

New magnetic material could improve EV motor efficiency


Toshiba has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that could improve motor efficiency at low cost. Motors account for approximately half of the world’s electric power consumption. Toshiba says its new material boosts energy conversion efficiency when used as the wedges in motors, particularly in medium-to-large induction motors. The material can be installed at… Read more »