Energy Archive

batteriesChina’s top battery maker will make cheaper next generation low cobalt batteries

China’s largest lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) plans to begin producing in 2019 next-generation nickel-rich batteries, which are cheaper to make and have longer life-spans. Cobalt stabilizes and extends the life of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Cobalt prices …

batteriesTesla can breakeven on $41,000 Model 3s now but targeting profitable $35,000 Model 3s by the end of 2018

Elon Musk believes it could be possible to scale production at Tesla and lower their design and technology costs enough to be able to offer a truly mass-market electric vehicle priced as low as $25,000 within three years. Recently analysts …

Graphene and boron nitride heterostructures made with tunable electrical, optical and mechanical properties

Researchers have demonstrated proof of principle for a twisting technique using graphene/boron nitride heterostructures. They showed that their technique can control the rotation of the graphene, and demonstrated how the electrical, optical, and even mechanical properties of the device can …

carbonFirst Nanotubes, then Graphene and now new form of carbon schwarzites

UC Berkeley chemists have proved that three carbon structures recently created by scientists in South Korea and Japan are in fact the long-sought schwarzites, which researchers predict will have unique electrical and storage properties like those now being discovered in …

chinaUS and China are working toward a November meeting to settle the trade war

Chinese and U.S. negotiators are mapping talks and meetings that will lead to a planned trade summit in November where President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would resolve the Trade War. The existing tariffs represent a relatively small portion …

electric carsSEC subpoenas Tesla about privitization but Cornell Law Prof thinks Elon is safe from SEC

The SEC has sent subpoenas to Tesla regarding its privatization plans and Musk’s statement to determine whether the billionaire inventor intentionally misled investors. Tesla, in response, has also hired two law firms, Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison to help …

batteriesBreakthrough to safer solid state batteries with double the performance

The University of Michigan has a made a breakthrough towards a ceramic, solid-state electrolyte which could enable lithium-ion batteries with twice the energy performance. Current lithium-ion batteries max out with a total energy density around 600 watt-hours per liter (Wh/L) …

elon muskElon Musk will have to prove the funding at time of Tesla buyout tweet or risk jail like Martha Stewart

Former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Harvey Pitt says Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces potential civil and criminal charges. Elon Musk needs to demonstrate that at the time he tweeted about the Tesla going private that Elon had a …

energyNuclear energy generation should add 26 GWe in 2018 and 2019

Global nuclear power generation in 2017 increased for the fifth consecutive year and reached 2506 TWh. At the end of 2017 the global nuclear capacity of the 448 operable reactors stood at 392 GWe, up 2 GWe compared with the …

physicsClaimed Room Temperature Superconductor awaits independent confirmation

The Indian chemists who posted an Arxiv paper that nanostructured silver and gold are room temperature superconductors are well-regarded chemical physicists from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. The researchers are not sharing their samples or their data. …