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]
The 2016 edition of the Electrospinning for energy conference (ELEN) will be held in Montpellier (France) from June 22th to June 24th, 2016. The conference will tackle the application of nanofibers produced from electrospinning for energy conversion and storage devices. The conference is organized by RS2E researchers (Christel Laberty-Robert, Frederic Favier, Lorenzo Stievano), among others.
The programme and registration are available here:
Saft and Total, two members of RS2E since 2011, signed an agreement this week just before Total filed an offer to buy Saft for €950.000.000! Saft, a renowned lithium-ion battery manufacturer for specialty applications (satellites, boats etc.), is a logical target for Total which has been monitoring the battery field closely for some time (with investments in Donald Sadoway’s - from MIT - battery company Ambri among others).
"The acquisition of Saft is part of Total’s ambition to accelerate its development in the fields of renewable energy and electricity” says Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total.
This deal will allow Saft to develop a greater engineering capacity, more funding, a powerful worldwide network and hopefully get head-to-head with battery giants such as LG Chem or Tesla. It will also place Total in the position to test and develop new and upcoming battery technology quickly using Saft’s up and running R&D facility (read our interview of Saft’s head of R&D, Anne de Guibert here)
Source: [Press release]
Japan has now more electric vehicles chargers than gas stations! Indeed, quick chargers can be found on every major road across the country. There is over 40.000 EV charging spots for 34.000 gas stations. This figure takes into account both private and public charging stations.
Japanese automakers, such as Nissan and Toyota, are known worldwide for their state-of-the art electric vehicles thanks to an intensive research on energy storage systems such as lithium-ion batteries. Japan is now the second biggest market for EV after the US with the most sold EV model being the Nissan Leaf.
Bioo is an unusual flower pot: designed by the homonymous start-up, it could recharge your smartphone’s batteries. The aim is to make bacteria (living in the soil) produce energy from the plant’s waste. The efficiency and the energy produced by the system are not specified but the recharging may be very long...
The startup has already registered a lot of pre-bookings. Bioo indeed collected €63,000 on the crowfunding site Indiegogo. The price of the commercial version will be of €120.