17 Jan 2022
General Motors (2022)
General Motors has set lots of ambitious and impressive electrification and autonomous vehicle targets over the past couple of years, which has led to claims of being a 'market leader' from both CEO Mary Barra and President Biden. The reality is GM delivered 26 battery electric vehicles in Q4 2021. In this article, IDTechEx cuts through the talk and provides an analysis on GM's leadership.
5 Jan 2022
Revitalizing Batteries by Bringing 'Dead' Lithium Back to Life
Researchers may have found a way to revitalize rechargeable lithium batteries, potentially boosting the range of electric vehicles and battery life in next-gen electronic devices.
3 Dec 2021
Lead Absorbing Tape to Boost Viability of Perovskite Solar Cells
Researchers are reporting a potential breakthrough that could help speed commercialization of highly promising perovskite solar cells for use in solar panels.
29 Nov 2021
Big Batteries on Wheels Can Deliver Zero-Emissions Rail, Secure Grid
Trains have been on the sidelines of electrification efforts for a long time in theUS because they account for only 2% of transportation sector emissions, but diesel freight trains emit 35 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and produce air pollution that leads to $6.5 billion in health costs, resulting in an estimated 1,000 premature deaths each year.
24 Nov 2021
Ultrathin Solar Cells Get a Boost
Engineers have achieved a new benchmark in the design of atomically thin solar cells made of semiconducting perovskites, boosting their efficiency while retaining their ability to stand up to the environment.
23 Nov 2021
SkyNano LLC is a Tennessee-based start-up focusing on the electrochemical production of carbon additives using greenhouse gases as inputs. In October 2021, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr. Hydra Rodrigues spoke to Dr. Anna Douglas, Co-Founder & CEO of SkyNano Technologies.
22 Nov 2021
Polymer Discovery Gives 3D Printed Sand Super Strength
Researchers have designed a novel polymer to bind and strengthen silica sand for binder jet additive manufacturing, a 3D-printing method used by industries for prototyping and part production.
18 Nov 2021
EV Charging Infrastructure the Key to Powering Future Mobility
Despite the roaring success of EVs, adequate charging infrastructure is lagging behind. It is a classic chicken-versus-egg scenario: do public charging stations help drive EV adoption, or does greater EV adoption demand a more comprehensive public charging infrastructure?
15 Nov 2021
New Method Resolves Materials Joining in Solid-State Batteries
Scientists have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries, resolving one of the big challenges in the commercial development of safe, long-lived energy storage systems.
12 Nov 2021
LanzaTech is a biotech company developing gas fermentation technology to create valuable products - such as jet fuel and high-value chemicals - using waste gas streams. In November 2021, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr. Hydra Rodrigues spoke to Babette Pettersen, vice-president (Europe) at LanzaTech.
26 Oct 2021
New Record of 25.8% Conversion Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells
A research team has set a new efficiency record for a perovskite solar cell at 25.8% by forming an interlayer between electron-transporting and perovskite layers to minimize interfacial defects, contributing to the decrease in the power conversion efficiencies.
25 Oct 2021
New Technique Paves Way for Perfect Perovskites
An exciting new solar material called organic-inorganic halide perovskites could one day help the US achieve its solar ambitions and decarbonize the power grid. One thousand times thinner than silicon, perovskite solar materials can be tuned to respond to different colors of the solar spectrum simply by altering their composition mix.
12 Oct 2021
CalWave Successfully Commissions Open Water Wave Energy Pilot
CalWave successfully commissioned its CalWave x1 off the coast of San Diego. This milestone event marks the beginning of California's first at-sea, long-duration wave energy pilot operating fully submerged.
12 Oct 2021
Brill Power Revolutionises Battery Performance
Brill Power has launched the first in a new class of 'intelligent' battery management systems that are set to revolutionise the performance of stationary energy storage systems to power the future of homes and businesses globally.
11 Oct 2021
Silicon Anodes Muscle in on Battery Technology
Silicon is a staple of the digital revolution, shunting loads of signals on a device that's likely just inches from your eyes at this very moment. Now, that same plentiful, cheap material is becoming a serious candidate for a big role in the burgeoning battery business. It's especially attractive because it's able to hold 10 times as much energy in an important part of a battery, the anode, than widely used graphite.
9 Sep 2021
US Solar Energy to Generate More Power in 2035 Than All Homes Use Now
The Solar Futures Study details the significant role solar will play in decarbonizing the nation's power grid. The study shows that by 2035, solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation's electricity, drive deep decarbonization of the grid, and employ as much as 1.5 million people—without raising electricity prices.
2 Sep 2021
High Power Wireless Vehicle Charging Technology
The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to Brooklyn-based HEVO. The system could one day enable electric vehicles to be charged as they are driven at highway speeds.
17 Aug 2021
Laminar is a Korean company that specialize in continuous flow reactors for reaction or production of nanoparticles. IDTechEx spoke with Mr. Hong (CEO) about their applications in graphene and cathode precursor production.
16 Aug 2021
NREL's Thermoplastic Blade Research Dives Deep
National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers have been exploring the use of thermoplastic composite materials for wind turbines for several years, but they have only just begun to scrape the surface of how these materials perform underwater. For the first time in history, thermoplastic composite blades, which have the potential to revolutionize the marine energy industry, are being tested on a large-scale tidal power turbine.
16 Aug 2021
Tracking Pileups on Battery Charging Route to Drive Performance
Because of their high storage capacity, metal oxides are a promising class of potential conversion-type electrode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Conversion-type electrode materials undergo conversion reactions; when they react with lithium ions, they get converted into entirely new products. Today's commercial batteries are based on a completely different mechanism called intercalation.