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29 Sep 2021

New Solid-state Battery Surprises

Engineers created a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single battery. The battery uses both a solid state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode, making it a silicon all-solid-state battery. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense. It holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles.
20 Sep 2021

Li-Cycle

Li-Cycle are a Canadian Li-ion battery recycler founded in 2016. The company made its public debut in August 2021 on the New York Stock Exchange.
16 Sep 2021

LG Display, Kakao Mobility Smart Parking Lot with Transparent OLEDs

LG Display's Transparent OLED panels are to be installed at the parking lot's six main entrances to the Trade Tower's shops. The panels, which are set to cover the existing glass walls, will provide spatial interior effects without compromising space or distracting visitors.
14 Sep 2021

LG Chem Develops Foldable Display Material Using New Material Tech

LG Chem developed new technologies that can be used for foldable displays using new materials technologies and its accumulated coating technologies as it enters the next-generation materials market in earnest.
7 Sep 2021

6G Communications Curious Progress

6G Communications promises between ten to one hundred times the download speed for operating unpowered devices, remote holographic surgery and much more, but it will depend on how high a frequency is chosen and how much infrastructure investment is made.
6 Sep 2021

SES

SES, formerly known as SolidEnergy Systems, used to pursue solid-state Li-Metal technology. SolidEnergy was a spin out from MIT founded in 2012 by Dr. Qichao Hu. It was incubated at A123 in its early years. In 2015, Dr Hu realized that all solid-state batteries look good on paper but have fundamental difficulties in real cell production. Then in 2018, the company changed its name to SES after restructuring, addressing its focus on hybrid approach with high-concentration solvent-in-salt liquid electrolyte, solid-state protection coating for Li-Metal anode and AI software to monitor the battery health. The hybrid approach also has a more practical mass manufacturing capability.
2 Sep 2021

IDTechEx Dissects the Market for Solid-state Batteries in New Report

This article explores the history of solid-state batteries and looks ahead at regional development, sharing some of the research from the new IDTechEx report, "Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2021-2031: Technology, Forecasts, Players".
26 Aug 2021

Crossover to Electric Aircraft Well Progressed

Electraflyer has announced that it has passed crossover, meaning it now sells more battery-electric aircraft than polluting ones. Pipistrel sold over 100 battery-electric aircraft last year as they take over from its traditional offerings. Bye Aerospace does not even make conventional aircraft. With its Tesla-style approach, its order book exceeds 720 battery-electric aircraft evenly split between two and four-seaters. As the IDTechEx report, "Manned Electric Aircraft: Smart City and Regional 2021-2041" points out, this has caught Cessna, Cirrus and Piper by surprise.
23 Aug 2021

Many Trends to Track for Li-ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles

With the growing momentum behind the electric vehicle market comes an added importance of understanding the Li-ion batteries that power them, the variety of design choices available, and trends in their implementation.
19 Aug 2021

National Aviation Day: Bumblebees and Electric Aircraft Cannot Fly

To mark National Aviation Day, a celebration of the history and development of aviation, IDTechEx analysts consider the future of electric aircraft.
16 Aug 2021

Enevate

Enevate are a US company developing high-silicon content Li-ion anodes and cells. IDTechEx spoke with Kevin Schrantz, Senior Marketing Director, and Martin Sandor, Marketing Director.
10 Aug 2021

EV Fires: Disaster for Automakers, Opportunity for Material Suppliers

Whilst IDTechEx expects EVs to continually improve in safety, there will always be the risk of a battery fire due to many potential causes. This presents an opportunity for those material suppliers making thermal interface materials (TIMs), flame-retardant materials, or fire protection materials.
30 Jul 2021

Hyundai Motor and LG Energy Solution to Invest in EV Partnership

Under the MoU, Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution will invest a total of USD 1.1 billion into the JV to build a battery cell plant in Karawang, Indonesia. The Group and LG Energy Solution will each have a 50 percent ownership stake in the JV. The Indonesian government agrees to offer various incentives and rewards to support the stable operation of the plant.
15 Jul 2021

Micro-LED Displays From 2021 Onward

From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in daily life to convey information. The importance of displays becomes more significant during COVID-19, as the demand to have a display for remote communication is higher. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream, with its ability to be fabricated from tiny to huge sizes. The challenges and opportunities are discussed in the IDTechEx report "Micro-LED Displays 2021-2031: Technology, Commercialization, Opportunity, Market and Players".
28 Jun 2021

SigmaSense

SigmaSense is a relatively early-stage company that has developed an innovative method of extracting data from capacitive touch sensors. Its readout ICs offer far greater sensitivity, enabling capacitive touch sensors to be applied to large area displays, detect gloved fingers, discriminate between fingers and water droplets and more. IDTechEx caught up with marketing director Gary Baum to find out about the latest developments.
22 Jun 2021

Mini-LED to Micro-LED Displays: The Industry Game-Changer is Coming

2020 and 2021 are the years for the Mini-LED displays to boost. Backlit Mini-LEDs' taking off has also paved the way for Micro-LED displays, a potential display industry game-changer.
26 May 2021

Qnovo

Qnovo are a small, US-based company developing and commercialising software for Li-ion battery management systems that can help to improve overall battery performance and safety. IDTechEx caught up with CEO, Nadim Maluf.
24 May 2021

What Micro-LED Displays Mean to the Display Business

What disruptions can Micro-LED displays bring to us, and will the future displays require Micro-LED technology? What are their potential applications and what are the hypes and realities? These are the questions addressed in the new IDTechEx report "Micro-LED Displays 2021-2031: Technology, Commercialization, Opportunity, Market and Players".
30 Apr 2021

Nanocyl

Nanocyl is one of the longest running MWCNT producers. IDTechEx caught up with Carla Sottili (polymers business unit manager).
27 Apr 2021

OTI Lumionics

OTI Lumionics is an early-stage Canadian company that is developing advanced materials using simulations performed using a quantum-inspired computational approach. Its first product is a material that assists in the manufacture of transparent cathodes for OLED displays.