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  • Bruker AXS, an international manufacturer of scientific equipment, is now the official supplier of a LRCS' (a founding member of a RS2E) innovation. The cell allows the precise observation of an operating battery. The cells is currently on display at Bruker AXS' booth at Chicago's wolrd-class congress on batteries, the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries, where 2.000 researchers from around the globe gathers. The analysis cell will be sold to industrials and to research labs from the field.

    The innovation is the results of many years of work with the participation of Jean-Bernard Leriche, Christian Masquelier, Jean-Marie Tarascon, Mathieu Morcrette and Jean-Noël Chotard. But it's also a human adventure that rests on many colaborations within RS2E.

    Sources : [English press release, French press release]


  • Electric vehicles manufacturer Tesla is currently building its new massive battery factory in Reno (Nevada, USA). The firm has planned the grand opening celebration for July 29th, 2016. This date has been communicated by email to customers. Indeed, some lucky ones have won their place to the event by inducing more than five Model S sales through Tesla’s car referral program.

    Earlier in May, the construction was only 14% complete. But the event will be held in areas where the construction is complete. (click here to read media reports following early visits in March). The operation have even started with the assembly of the Powerwall which has been initiated in January.

    In the Gigafactory, Tesla will produce massive amounts of NCA batteries for its electric vehicles with the end goal being to drive the costs below the 200 $/kWh mark. The factory will also accelerate the manufacturing and assembly capability of the Model S, X and 3.

    Source: [Teslarati, Fortune]


  • The project was born out of collaboration between PARC (a XEROX company), Ford and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Its name? “Co-extrusion for cost reduction of advanced high energy and power battery electrode manufacturing”. This project is funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    PARC is developing inks and an appropriate CoEx hardware, able to co-extrude from a single nozzle two different materials within a print head and without mixing. ORNL will share its experience in energy storage (anode development, electrochemical performance optimization).

    "Our goal is to fabricate EV pouch cells that are higher in energy and power than conventional, with a path towards a reduction in dollar/kWh costs for electric vehicles" explain project principal investigator and PARC CoEx technical lead Dr. Corie Cobb.

    The project could reduce costs production by simultaneously depositing a full-thickness battery cathode, anode, and separator onto a current collector. As a result, this CoEx technique can be used to manufacture low-cost but more efficient rechargeable batteries, solar cells, superconductors, etc…

    Now, for the bad news: this exiting project has been announced three years ago…. To date, no update has been communicated. What are you up to guys?

    Source: [PARC Press Release]


  • Electric vehicles manufacturer Tesla is currently building its new massive battery factory in Reno (Nevada, USA). The firm has planned the grand opening celebration for July 29th, 2016.

    This date has been communicated by email to customers. Indeed, some lucky ones have won their place to the event by inducing more than five Model S sales through Tesla’s car referral program.

    Earlier in May, the construction was only 14% complete. But the event will be held in areas where the construction is complete. (click here to read media reports following early visits in March). The operation have even started with the assembly of the Powerwall which has been initiated in January.

    In the Gigafactory, Tesla will produce massive amounts of NCA batteries for its electric vehicles with the end goal being to drive the costs below the 200 $/kWh mark. The factory will also accelerate the manufacturing and assembly capability of the Model S, X and 3.

    Source: [Teslarati, Fortune]


  • Researchers at MIT, Sheffield University and Tokyo Institute of Technology created a tiny ingestible origami robot, able to unfold itself from a capsule once inside your stomach and…to remove a coin cell! The robot can easily crawl into the stomach thanks to a magnet responding to external magnetic fields. Using the same magnet it can carry the coin cell out of the body. In theory. The robot has indeed only been tested within a molded, model, pig stomach.

    There are 3.500 swallowed button batteries cases each year in the US. We have no information regarding how many of these victims are electrochemistry/materials science PhD students eager to get rid of embarrassing results. But at least their supervisors have now a chance to get the coin cell battery back.

    Source: [MIT News]

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