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Kreisel completes first electric fire truck

The electric KLF-L fire service vehicle.

Austria’s Rosenbauer, LINZ and battery maker Kreisel complete the first battery-powered fire service vehicle Kreisel Electric, the firm best known for its impressive EV conversions and budding friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, has revealed the results of its latest project. Working with fire-service vehicle maker Rosenbauer and utility LINZ AG, the …

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Hyperdrive, Foxlink sign Asia expansion pact

Hyperdrive Innovation circuit board

Foxlink will produce Hyperdrive packs under licence in a new manufacturing site in Taiwan, as the Sunderland firm eyes triple-digit growth UK-based li-ion battery manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation has new plans to crack Asia. April 3 saw the company announce a long-term agreement with Foxlink Automotive Technology. Foxlink Group will manufacture, …

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Researchers smooth out lithium’s dendrite problem

This image shows the temperature driven merging and fusing of lithium dendrites into a uniform (smooth) surface, which eliminates the risk of electrical shorting in lithium-ion batteries.
Source: Rensselaer

Researchers at the US’ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have made a breakthrough in battery technology, using heat to smooth out dendrite deposits A new technique developed by a team at Rensslaer Polytechnic uses heat to enable lithium-metal to self-heal, eliminating the buildup of dendrites in battery anodes. Dendrites are a major limiting factor …

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Samsung SDI teams up with Webasto

Signing the Letter of Intent: Ph.D. Seh-Woong (S.W.) Jeong, Executive Vice President Samsung SDI (left) and Dr. Hartung Wilstermann, Executive Vice President E-Solutions & Services at Webasto Group (right).

The partners will collaborate in the manufacture of high-voltage batteries for the commercial vehicle sector Earlier in March automotive systems provider Webasto and battery maker Samsung SDI signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) covering the development and supply battery modules. The agreement refers to Samsung SDI’s battery module, the technology used …

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Australia to co-fund Victorian battery

Artist's impression of the new battery site

The Australian government will help fund Victoria’s large-scale batteries. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will match the Victorian government’s A$25 million (US$19.2 million) contribution to build two grid-connected batteries as part of the state’s energy security initiative. The batteries will be able to store around 80 MWh of power. …

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