Visionaries have a foreground role when it comes to chemistry: they make the chemists of tomorrow (children) dream. One of the most prominent visionaries of the XIXth century being none other than Amiens’ favorite son, Jules Verne.
The Australian government has recently announced it will give Disney a $22 million grant in exchange for the shooting of the Verne adaptation to take place in Australia. As to the book adapted it will be 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is the fourth adaptation to the screen of one of Jules Verne’s most famous novels. David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) is attached to direct. Casting has yet to be revealed.
In a recent interview, Pr. Tarascon was reminding us of Verne’s vision significance regarding energy storage. Verne, he said, « was already predicting in 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea that sodium batteries will be the most energetic » (interview with La Croix, 03/25/2013).
Source : [The Australian]
French car manufacturer Exagon Motors has recently presented its Furtive-eGT at Geneva Motor Show 2013. Besides its outstanding performances (124kg carbon-fiber body, 300km range, 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds for a total car weight of 1650kg) the Furtive e-GT is also remarkable for the resulting collaboration between French companies. For instance, the Li-ion batteries (53 kWh) are manufactured by Saft, one of RS2E's Industrial Partners.
Source : [Technologic Vehicles]