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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Outside photo of American Battery Solutions’ ABMC in Springboro, Ohio.

Komatsu to buy American Battery Solutions

Komatsu will use ABS batteries in its expanding line of electric mining equipment; ABS will operate as a separate entity. In a significant move for future battery manufacturing in the United States,... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
Closeup of a Factorial 100 ampere-hour lithium-metal solid-state battery cell.

Factorial ships solid-state battery cells

Massachusetts-based battery tech company Factorial Energy has spent the last six years focused on solid-state electric vehicle batteries that are safer and have up to 50% higher energy density than lithium... — Updated 10/26/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Two CONSOL Energy employees standing in an operations room.

C-BATT JV to advance coal-based batteries

X-BATT and CONSOL Energy subsidiary join hands to develop next-gen clean energy tech. A pioneer in advanced battery materials, X-BATT has been reimagining lithium-ion batteries through the use of... — Updated 10/24/2023

An EV plugged into a battery charger on a sunny day.

DOE invests $16M in solid battery tech

To accelerate the commercialization of solid-state battery tech for EVs; redox flow batteries for grid-scale renewable energy storage. To speed the commercialization of emerging battery technologies, the... — Updated 9/22/2023

CGI image of solid-state lithium battery on a computer circuit board.

Why solid-state lithium batteries fail

Researchers from the University of Oxford have figured out how lithium solid-state batteries fail, an advance that could lead to the development of more efficient batteries for electric vehicles and... — Updated 7/4/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
Artist depiction of the BlueOval City EV battery, recycling, and assembly plant.

Historic $9 billion DOE loan to BlueOval

Loan will support the building of 3 Ford-SK battery plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. In another sweeping step in support of the transportation industry's e-mobility transition and domestic infrastructure... — Updated 7/4/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prototype 18650 coal batteries developed by X-BATT.

Coal anode 18650 lithium-ion X-BATTeries

Exploring the potential of alternative anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, X-BATT announced the successful completion of a project that demonstrates its coal material can hold its own amidst... — Updated 6/20/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
3D rendering of Volkswagen’s future Salzgitter gigafactory.

Ontario new home to VW gigafactory

Setting up in one of North America's fastest-growing lithium-ion battery development zones, Volkswagen Group has foreseen the potential and has opted to build its next gigafactory outside of Europe in the... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prototype oxygen-ion battery made with ceramic and lanthanum.

Air to power future long storage batteries

While lithium-ion batteries have become omnipresent for nearly all portable energy needs, we have quickly found that they are ultimately limited in what they are capable of. Enter Vienna University of Tech... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
Photo of an EV chassis complete with battery pack and electric drive motors.

LG invests 5.5 billion to build batteries

Top electric vehicle battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution, which supplies Tesla and other automakers, announced on March 24 that it will invest approximately $5.5 billion in a complex in Queen Creek,... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A Microvast engineer studying General Motors' Ultium battery pack.

GM doubles down on battery separator tech

Being supported by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Battey Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing initiative, General Motors has partnered with battery manufacturer... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Rending of the completed Tesla Gigafactory Nevada in the desert near Sparks.

Giga-expansion of Gigafactory Nevada

Tesla's 140 GWh plant will produce batteries for 1.5M EVs per year; need globally significant mineral supplies. Tesla Inc. set the standard for giga-scale lithium-ion battery manufacturing with the startup... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Authors of the paper detailing the discovery of solid state battery failure.

Solid-state battery problem discovered

In the pursuit of improving portable power, new lithium metal batteries with solid electrolytes tick off every box in next-gen battery technology – lightweight, higher capacity, faster charging, and... — Updated 2/7/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The front of BMW's next-generation of EVs or NEUE KLASSE.

BMW committed to solid-state batteries

Deepens alliance with Solid Power to commercialize next-gen cell tech. Under an expanded joint development agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a basis for... — Updated 2/2/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A battery pouch made from lithium-sulfide solid-state chemistries.

Solid Power awarded $5.6M DOE funding

Seeking to achieve the next echelon of battery, Solid Power announced it has been awarded US$5.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue developing its ground-breaking... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of conventional li-ion battery chemistry and the new ORNL chemistry.

ORNL process for cleaner cathode material

Exploring new chemistries to reduce the necessity for critical metals needed for renewable energy, especially in the form of batteries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a method for producing... — Updated 12/13/2022

Close-up of FastLion battery to be manufactured by EC Power.

Team develops fast-charging tech for EVs

A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University has developed a technology that enables electric vehicle batteries to obtain a full charge in just 10 minutes. The breakthrough in EV battery design,... — Updated 11/14/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of synapses in the brain with neurons firing through them.

Quantum computers power VW research

Branching into the edge field of quantum computing, Volkswagen Group has partnered with Canadian quantum technology company Xanadu to answer a single question: can quantum computers help design batteries?... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Considered a co-inventor of lithium-ion batteries, earning a Nobel Prize for it.

Father of lithium-ion batteries turns 100

Ask anyone, "who invented the lightbulb?" and most would be able to answer Thomas Edison. Ask anyone, "who invented the telephone?" and some would be able to answer Alexander Graham Bell. Ask anyone, "who... — Updated 8/2/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A prototype lithium-sulfur battery inside a freezer at minus 40 degrees C and F.

Hot or cold, Li-S batteries can take it

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed something many of the most extreme temperate locations in the world have long been waiting for, batteries that perform well in freezing co... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Swedish partners select gigafactory site

Powering its ambition to become a fully electric automaker by 2030, Volvo Cars has teamed up with Northvolt to build a 50-gigawatt-hour-per-year battery gigafactory in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Our battery cell... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
fiber wire battery fabric Massachusetts Institute Technology MIT woven washable

MIT makes longest lithium battery fiber

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that can be woven into fabrics and even washed. This latest innovation... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Stealthy solid state battery partnership

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corp. have partnered with Factorial Energy Inc., a solid-state battery manufacturer, to test the Massachusetts-based battery maker's novel technology in Hyundai electric... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
solid-state battery Samsung IDTechEx report lithium-ion forecast EV 2031

IDTechEx reports solid-state battery future

Research and technology firm IDTechEx has recently released a detailed report projecting the future of solid-state batteries and its potential to reach a market size of over $8 billion by 2031. Commerciali... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
University of Queensland Australia graphene aluminum ion rechargeable battery

GMG pilots graphene aluminum batteries

Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. Dec. 9 announced that the pilot production and testing plant for its graphene aluminum-ion batteries is now operational and the first coin cells of these potential... — Updated 12/14/2021 Full story


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