The transition to lithium battery-powered electric vehicles by 2050 will deepen global environmental and social inequalities linked to mining

By 2050 electric vehicles could require huge amounts of lithium for their batteries, causing damaging expansions of mining. Nina Lakhani discusses the implications in an article on The Guardian website.   Revealed: how US transition to electric cars threatens environmental havoc The US’s transition to electric vehicles could require three times as much lithium as … Continue reading The transition to lithium battery-powered electric vehicles by 2050 will deepen global environmental and social inequalities linked to mining

Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

The sodium-sulphur batteries are far less toxic as they are made from sea water.  Anthony Cuthbertson discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   Breakthrough battery holds 4x charge of smartphone batteries at fraction of the cost Researchers have created a new type of battery that holds four times the amount of … Continue reading Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

NASA comes up with new technology to massively reduce the time it takes to charge EV batteries

New charging technology is capable of delivering 4.6 times the current of the fastest electric car chargers on the market. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses the new technology in an article on the Independent website.   Electric car charging in just 5 minutes achieved with ‘unprecedented’ Nasa tech An experimental cooling technique developed by Nasa engineers for … Continue reading NASA comes up with new technology to massively reduce the time it takes to charge EV batteries

Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology – quantum batteries

Scientists hope discovery will usher in a new era of ultra-efficient batteries. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses in an article on The Independent website.   Quantum battery breakthrough paves way for instant recharging Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology, which could hold the potential to revolutionise energy storage. Quantum batteries use … Continue reading Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology – quantum batteries

US government researchers have found a way to charge electric car batteries up to 90 percent in just 10 minutes

Once perfected, a new method could charge an electric vehicle’s battery 90 percent within ten minutes, solving an issue sceptics have long had about electric vehicles. Will Pavia discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Fully charge your electric car in less than ten minutes Electric cars could be recharged almost … Continue reading US government researchers have found a way to charge electric car batteries up to 90 percent in just 10 minutes

A giant ‘water battery’ has been switched on in Switzerland

A giant Swiss plant, under construction for 14 years, has recently been switched on. It has power output large enough to power as many as 900,000 homes. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   €2 billion underground ‘water battery’ turns on in Switzerland A giant ‘water battery’ capable of … Continue reading A giant ‘water battery’ has been switched on in Switzerland

With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Inayat Singh writes on the CBC News website about the importance of recycling old batteries as sources for lithium and cobalt become more concentrated in only a few countries. For example, 70 % of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.   Battery recycling could help make electric vehicle production more sustainable The … Continue reading With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs at Penn State writes on The Conversation website about the possibilities of electric cars helping to power homes. Still, even with V2H, electric vehicles are a huge potential market for electric utilities.   Can my electric car power my house? Not yet for most … Continue reading Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

Bryant Jones, Ph.D. Candidate of Energy Policy at Boise State University and Michael McKibben, Research Professor of Geology at the University of California, Riverside write on The Conversation website that geothermal is on the verge of unlocking vast quantities of lithium from naturally occurring hot brines beneath places like in California.   How a few … Continue reading The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Obviously, expecting the electric vehicle market to expand dramatically, there are several efforts underway in Europe to build high-volume plants for electric batteries. Maddy Savage discusses latest efforts in an article on the BBC website.   Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force Surrounded by a forest of tall … Continue reading New rush of European players to build electric car batteries