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Trapped electrons could enable graphene transistors

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New technique for stopping electrons could enable graphene-based switching mechanisms, paving the way for its use in computing and other applications Wonder-material graphene is a promising candidate for electronic devices, thanks to its excellent conductivity. However, there is a catch: electrons move through the material so well that they can’t …

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Daimler, enercity use Smart batteries for grid storage

Battery storage at enercity site

Mercedes-Benz Energy and enercity have started up one of the biggest grid-connected battery storage systems in Europe Following a year of construction, Daimler’s battery-focused subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy and German utility enercity have switched on a unique battery storage system. Dubbed a “living replacement parts store”, the system uses 1,800 of …

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Magnesium battery breakthrough could beat li-ion

Source: Berkley Lab

Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, have discovered chemical reactions that could solve a problem plaguing magnesium-based batteries. A research team has aimed to prove by disproving, having discovered a set of chemical reactions, involving magnesium, that explain battery degradation. The team used a series …

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Sweden aims for Leading Edge in natural graphite

Graphite production at LEM's Woxna mine.

Leading Edge Materials joins in “Natural Swedish Graphite for Future Lithium Ion Batteries”. The The Natural Swedish Graphite project is focused on the application and optimisation of high purity natural graphite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries, using material sourced from Woxna project in Sweden. Major funding is provided by …

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Cummins acquires battery-maker Brammo

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Engine manufacturer pushes electrification strategy with takeover of pack designer Brammo Engine and motor manufacturer Cummins has announced its acquisition of Brammo, an Oregon-based company which designs and develops battery packs and storage systems. Cummins said that the addition of Brammo’s expertise in battery pack design and manufacturing marked “an …

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