Genetically-Engineered Viruses Used to Make Wearable Batteries


The new batteries could be used to lighten the load for troops on the ground.

Genetically-engineered viruses could one day be used to make fabrics which act as batteries.  Scientists used two harmless viruses to create high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could power portable electronic devices like mobile phones or GPS systems for military uses.


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Electric Car Breaks World Record By Traveling 623 Miles Without Recharging


The Mira EV traveled 623 miles on a single charge.

The Japan Electric Vehicle Club broke its own Guinness World Record last weekend by driving an electric vehicle for a distance of 623.76 miles (1,003 kilometers) without recharging. The new distance record nearly doubles the old record of 345 miles (555.6 kilometers) that was set last November.


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Ultrathin Rechargable Electic Bike


ver2 electric bike

Industrial designer Yuji Fujimura has developed a unique concept bike utilizing a lithium-ion battery. This means that the bike is  rechargeable as well as reliable for long term use. The ver2 battery will provide power to the motor, so that this bike can be used as an electric bike or electric motor cycle. When ver2 is in motor cycle mode, both pedals will set themselves at the lowest position. (Pics)


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American Companies Could Control 40% of Lithium-Ion Battery Market by 2015


Sakti3’s lithium-ion battery cells will enable cars to travel twice as fast as batteries do now

In February, President Barack Obama told the crowd at a Henderson, Nev., high school that not so long ago, the U.S. made barely 2% of the advanced batteries used in the world’s electric vehicles. Now, thanks to a multibillion-dollar federal investment, American companies are positioned to increase production tenfold — and potentially control 40% of the global lithium-ion-battery market by 2015. “We’ve created an entire new industry,” Obama said.


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Rechargeable Zinc-Ion Batteries Store 3 Times The Energy Of Lithium-Ion Batteries


This graphic illustrates the multilayered structure of a ReVolt rechargeable zinc-air battery.

A Swiss company says it has developed rechargeable zinc-air batteries that can store three times the energy of lithium ion batteries, by volume, while costing only half as much. ReVolt, of Staefa, Switzerland, plans to sell small “button cell” batteries for hearing aids starting next year and to incorporate its technology into ever larger batteries, introducing cell-phone and electric bicycle batteries in the next few years. It is also starting to develop large-format batteries for electric vehicles.

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Ultracapacitors Could Offer The Greenest Way Of Powering City Buses


A U.S.-Chinese venture is out to prove the benefits of quick-charge buses.

Municipal transit agencies have tried to reduce the carbon footprint of their bus fleets using a range of options over the years, from biofuels and hydrogen to batteries and hybrid-electric diesel. Now a Chinese company and its U.S. partner say that ultracapacitors could offer the greenest and most economical way of powering inner-city buses.


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E-Tron Electric Concept Car By Audi


E-Tron concept electric car

Audi has unveiled its new electric car concept, the Audi e-tron at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.  The all electric car is basically a modified Audi R8 sports car, but slightly smaller in all dimensions. The car delivers a massive 4500 Nm (3,319 lb-ft) of torque and 233 kW (313 horsepower), and the car can go from 0 to 100 kph (0-60 mph) in 4.8 seconds. The power comes from four electric motors: one for each wheel. (Pics and video)


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Chile’s Desert Key Source To Growing Demand Of Lithium


Chile’s Salar de Atacama desert is a major source for the world’s lithium, key ingredient in the batteries we use in our laptops, cell phones and other gadgets every day. And, key ingredient in batteries for a growing selection of electric and electric hybrid cars. As the demand for battery-powered devices increases, so does the demand for lithium and therefore the earthly resources that provide it. Check out this video from CBS about the production and demand.


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Nanowire Advance Can Boost Life And Performance Of Lithium-Ion Batteries


Carbon nanowires coated with silicon (bottom) produces a material that can store six times as much charge

Lithium ion has become the battery of choice for electric vehicles, driving researchers to improve the technology’s performance, longevity, and reliability. A new type of nanowire electrode developed by materials science and engineering professor Yi Cui at Stanford is a step toward that goal.


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Cheaper And More Reliable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Cheaper And More Reliable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion cells that use polymer electrolytes can be affordably packaged in compact, flexible pouches  

A new incarnation of lithium-ion batteries based on solid polymers is in the works. Berkeley, CA-based startup Seeo, Inc. says its lithium-ion cells will be safer, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than current batteries. Seeo’s batteries use thin films of polymer as the electrolyte and high-energy-density, light-weight electrodes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is now making and testing cells designed by the University of California, Berkeley spinoff.

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Nanoball Batteries Could Recharge Electric Cars In Minutes

Nanoball Batteries Could Recharge Electric Cars In Minutes

 A sample of the new battery material.

Researchers at MIT have designed a new battery that can recharge devices about 100 times faster than conventional lithium ion batteries. The design could lead to electric car batteries that charge in 5 minutes (compared with 8 hours in today’s electric cars) and cell phone batteries that charge in just 10 seconds.

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