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New battery for electric cars charges 75% in 5 min

Graphite anodes have been part of the composition of lithium-ion batteries for years. Being considered the most efficient option to date, scientists and researchers seek to replace it with a material with greater capacity, prolonged service life, and more efficiency. The solution developed by Enevate consists of an extremely fine mesh made mostly of…


Smart cities in an advanced material world

Our world is set to change rapidly over the next few decades, with plans to develop cleaner, greener places to live, in cities that need to meet the demands of interconnected devices and autonomous mobility. Indeed, the total value of the global smart city market is expected to exceed US$2.5 trillion in the next five years…


Three new ways of doing business enabled by blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that helps to simplify transactions and conduct efficient, secure interactions with multiple independent parties around the globe, all without the need for a third-party intermediary. These transactions can vary within a business, from sending anything from farm data to banking and contract…


Coronavirus will not delay the launch of China’s national blockchain network

Despite the outbreak of coronavirus, China has clarified that it will be launching its national blockchain network in April 2020, as scheduled earlier. The Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN) is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform developed by the Chinese government in conjunction with tech companies and financial institutions…


Australia’s new community solar, solar-storage, ‘solar hydro’ and solar hydrogen projects

In the past couple of weeks, national and state government organizations in Australia have announced various stages of consideration for solar projects with a range of advanced and innovative storage solutions attached. Via the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the national government said last week that it is funding a feasibility…

RayGen’s flagship 4 MW / 50 MWh plant is expected to offer storage at a fraction of the cost of recent battery projects.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller

Solar Charging May Be The Key To Shoring Up America’s Rural EV Infrastructure

Electrify America and Envision Solar have joined forces in an attempt to bring electric car charging to routes through rural areas without steady and reliable access to a power grid. The initial test will involve thirty of these “EV ARC” units deployed throughout California’s Central, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys to help EV drivers traverse parts of the…


Panasonic Is Building A Comprehensive Energy Management System For Homeowners

Panasonic’s batteries underpin the electric vehicle revolution as we know it today, thanks to an early partnership to supply its 18650 lithium-ion cells from Japan to Tesla for its Model S and X vehicles. More recently, Panasonic’s new 2170 cells built at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 outside Sparks, Nevada are now used in Tesla’s Model 3 and…


The implications of the coronavirus crisis on the global energy sector and the environment

The current drop in oil demand—caused, in large part, by severe reductions in travel due to the coronavirus—combined with the Saudi-Russia oil price war has simultaneously, if temporarily, lowered greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). However, the drop in GHG emissions is likely to be unsustainable in the long term, and the currently…

t seems likely that the coronavirus-induced global economic downturn will cause carbon dioxide emissions to drop this year, the first time since the financial crisis of 2009, with one projection predicting an overall annual decline ranging from 0.3% to 1.2%. Some see this as a silver lining of the crisis—and the NASA satellite images of pollution reduction in China are truly remarkable, following an emissions drop of 25 percent over four weeks of lockdown—suggesting what a future powered by clean energy could look like.

Randolph Bell, director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

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