Photovoltaic power from textiles
Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight. With the help of new textile-based solar cells semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.
Industrialization of bipolar batteries with Lithium-ion technology
Better batteries for a greater range of electric vehicles - this is the goal of the "EMBATT-goes-FAB" project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For that reason, the four project partners thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are developing bipolar batteries and processes for their fabrication.
Update from IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018
Fraunhofer IKTS, through the EMBATT project, is working on bipolar stacks of Li-ion batteries that enable an energy density of 450 Wh/L at systems level. The project was lauded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel
1000 km range thanks to a new battery concept
You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are striving to achieve a range of 1000 kilometers for electric vehicles.
Innovative redox-flow battery based on organic polymers and water
Sun and wind are important sources of renewable energy, but they suffer from natural fluctuations: In stormy weather or bright sunshine electricity produced exceeds demand, whereas clouds or a lull in the wind inevitably cause a power shortage.
Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance
Background on contract research into industrial applications of additive manufacturing undertaken by the 13 institutes in the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance.
3D Printing LIVE! Brings the world of 3D printing to a new audience
On the 1st - 2nd April 2014 leading innovators in 3D printing will come together in Berlin at one of Europe's leading conferences on emerging printing technologies.
Winners of the IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and WSN Awards
At the Energy Harvesting & Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) awards dinner on June 21 in Munich, Germany, companies were recognized for making significant technical or commercial progress with these technologies.
Energy harvesting for automotive applications
Energy harvesters do not necessarily make sense in all potential applications where a battery is replaced.
Second day of Energy Harvesting Europe
The second day of the conference Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe was as rich with information and expert opinion as the first. Here are just few of the overall impressions given by the day's events.