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SD Mines Professor Receives Grant to Explore Creation of Solid-State Battery Research Center

In 2016, half a million hoverboards were recalled after lithium ion batteries in some of the popular scooters burst into flames.

That same year, Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 when the same type of batteries in some of those devices exploded and burned. The recall cost Samsung more than $10 billion.

With the U.S. lithium-ion battery market expected to reach $90 billion by 2025, Alevtina Smirnova, PhD, sees great value in fixing this battery problem.

“The reality is, conventional lithium-ion batteries are not safe or reliable,” says Smirnova, an associate professor of chemistry and applied biological sciences, and electrical and computer engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. [Read more]


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Year - 2019

Brad Pitt and Laurene Powell Jobs are reportedly invested in a mysterious 'cold fusion' energy company

Brad Pitt, Laurene Powell Jobs and Neil Woodford are all investors in North Carolina-based energy company Industrial Heat, the Financial Time reported on Friday.

The company and its investors are betting on a science that creates energy without environmentally harmful gases and nuclear waste.

Pitt and Powell are not the only celebrities betting on nuclear fusion companies. In March, CNBC reported that Jeff Bezos has poured million of dollars into a start-up trying to commercialize fusion energy called General Fusion. [Read more]

BMW invests in solid-state batteries with ‘2-3X’ energy capacity for next-gen electric cars

Solid-state batteries are thought to be a lot safer than common li-ion cells and could have more potential for higher energy density, but they also have limitations like temperature ranges and electrode current density. Not to mention we have yet to see a company capable of producing them in large-scale and at an attractive price point competitive with li-ion. [Read more]

Tesla will soon have a 400-mile electric car and you don’t need it

Elon Musk announced today that due to steady improvements in battery technology, “it will not be long” before Tesla will have new versions of its electric cars with a range of 400 miles on a single charge. [Read more]

Here's a First Look at Toyota and Subaru's Electric Car Platform of the Future

It was announced this week that Toyota and Subaru will work together on a new electric vehicle platform, one that will combine Subaru’s all-wheel drive expertise with Toyota’s electrification chops. Here’s a quick look at the new “e-TNGA” platform, which Toyota states will underpin future mid-size and large electric passenger vehicles and contribute to the company’s goal of selling 1 million battery-electric and fuel-cell cars by 2025. [Read more]

How much does lithium cost? The industry can't seem to agree

Opaque pricing for lithium, the powerhouse metal fueling the electric vehicle revolution, is expected to be top of mind this week as the industry's leaders gather in Santiago, with calls rising for more transparency to attract much-needed expansion funding. [Read more]

US Energy Storage Market Grows 232% In First Quarter

The United States deployed a total of 148.8 megawatts (MW) of energy storage in the first quarter of 2019, breaking the previous megawatt-record set in the preceding fourth quarter by 6% and growing 232% over the amount deployed in the first quarter of 2018. [Read more]

Electric Vehicles Are Driving Demand For Lithium - With Environmental Consequences

As the world moves towards a low-carbon future, there is a growing range of technological advancements facilitating the transition away from fossil fuels. Transportation and energy production are two sectors that desperately need to reduce emissions, and developments in electric vehicles and battery storage are rapidly changing both markets. Lithium, sometimes referred to as “white petroleum”, is a key component in energy storage and in recent years demand has skyrocketed . This week delegates are gathering in Chile, the country with the world’s biggest lithium reserves, at the 11th Lithium Supply & Markets Conference to discuss the latest advances in the industry. [Read more]

Toyota unveils images of upcoming all-electric cars, accelerates EV plans by 5 years

Toyota announced that it is accelerating its electric vehicle plans by 5 years and partnering with new battery makers to secure supply as it unveiled images of upcoming all-electric cars. [Read more]

Faster, Better, Cheaper — Fraunhofer Dry Film Battery Electrode Process Revealed

Believe it or not, there is a connection between lithium-ion batteries and the manufacture of cassettes. Early li-ion battery cells were made using machinery originally designed for making audio tape. While the technology has been updated over the years, the basic process is still the same. Take a substrate like mylar or aluminum, slather it with a coating — iron oxide in the case of cassettes, an electrolyte paste loaded with solvents in the case of battery cells — wind it up on big spools, cut it to size, and voila, you’re done! [Read more]

The Bull Case for Energy Metals Going into 2019

The rapid emergence of the world’s renewable energy sector is helping set the stage for a commodity boom. While oil has traditionally been the most interesting commodity to investors in the past, the green energy sector is reliant on the unique electrical and physical properties of many different metals to work optimally. [Read more] or [Download the article]