Week 1-7 April 2019
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Volkswagen secures lithium supply
Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng for 10-year lithium supply for its electric car batteries. That's a lot of lithium...
Impact areas: Lithium battery supply chains
Toyota releases fuel cell patents
Toyota is giving royalty-free access to almost 24,000 patents "related to electrification technology and systems through 2030." The patents include "2,200 charger patents and 2,380 additional fuel cell patents," which should help advance the adoption of electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Impact areas: Fuel cell adoption
Porous N-doped carbon for battery electrodes
An international research team has designed a process to create nitrogen-doped porous carbon material for electrodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries.
Impact areas: Li-ion and Na-ion battery performance
T-carbon for energy applications
Researchers from the US and China discuss the applications of T-carbon, a recently synthesized carbon form, in batteries and for hydrogen storage.
Impact areas: Li-ion battery performance, Hydrogen fuel cell adoption
Environmentally-friendly battery recycling
Scientists from Rice University have discovered that a "relatively nontoxic" eutectic solvent can recover up to 99% of cobalt and 90% of lithium from Li-ion batteries. This should help recycle batteries more efficiently and cleanly.
Impact areas: Li-ion battery recycling and supply chains
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