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‘Ultra Fast Electrode’ Promises Huge Increase in EV Battery Performance
Researchers from the South Korean Pohang University of Science and Technology have recently announced their development of a faster charging and longer-lasting lithium-ion battery material that can charge an EV (electric vehicle) up to 90% in just six minutes.
Renewables Could Cover One-Third of Europe’s Energy Demand by 2030
The International Renewable Energy Agency’s November 2020 report, which explores Central and South-Eastern Europe’s growth of renewables, says that such European economies could cover one-third of rising energy demands within ten years.
COVID-19 Has Led to a Pivotal Moment for Renewables, Such as this Floating Hybrid Energy Platform
The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is pressuring governments to review their energy strategies. As long-term recovery plans are outlined, there is an opportunity to incorporate innovative renewable energy solutions—and this is certainly the case with SINN Power’s Ocean Hybrid Platform.
New Electric Vehicle Market Report Suggests 19% Drop in Sales for 2020
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, recent forecasts from market researcher IDTechEx say that the total sales for 2020 in the electric vehicles (EVs) market across all segments—land, sea, and air—will come to a total of 24 million. This reflects a 19% decline in year-on-year EV sales, owing to the higher sales seen in pre-pandemic 2019.
Texas Instruments’ TPS543620 Step-Down Converter Featuring Variable Switching Frequencies
Texas Instruments’ TPS543620 is a highly efficient synchronous buck converter. It has a small body size of 2.5 millimetres by 3 millimetres and suits both test and measurement applications and healthcare. It is designed to tolerate environments that have a high ambient temperature.
New Study Says Sodium-ion Batteries Are the Most Promising Alternative to Lithium-ion
Various university researchers have come together to combine their knowledge and expertise to assess the current state of sodium-ion technology, presenting a comparison of the key performance indicators for sodium-ion and lithium-ion batteries.
The UK Government Plans to Have Offshore Wind Power in All UK Homes by 2030
The UK government has predicted that offshore wind will produce enough power for every home in the UK by 2030. The prediction is in keeping with the government’s ambitions to ‘build back better’ as it attempts to recover from a COVID-damaged economy.
The UK Has Recently Launched Its First All-Electric Ambulance
The UK’s first all-electric, zero-emissions ambulance—launched by VCS (Vehicle Conversion Specialists)—was unveiled in early October following the country’s announced plans to begin imminent trials with the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
World’s First Commercial-Grade Hydrogen Plane Embarks on Its Maiden Flight
At the end of September 2020, in what was called a landmark moment, aviation firm ZeroAvia completed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft. The flight took place at ZeroAvia’s R&D facility in Cranfield, UK.
The World’s First Mass-Produced Fully-Electric Digger
Earlier this year, a JCB electric digger, called the 19C-1E, won the UK’s annual MacRobert Award, the leading prize in the UK to recognise engineering innovation. The vehicle is the world’s first volume-produced, fully battery-powered digger and offers the potential to drive sustainable engineering in the construction sector.
An Overview of Near-Field Communication
Near-field communication (NFC) is a connectivity technology that enables wireless communication between two NFC-enabled devices. Communication via NFC occurs at short range, low bandwidth, and at a high frequency between devices. We discuss NFC’s components, its operating modes, and more.
GM Plans to Transform Its Lordstown Assembly Plant into an EV-Focused Ultium Battery Site
With General Motors’ slogan ‘Our Electric Future is Now’ used to promote its new Ultium battery that has a 600-mile driving range, the company has announced its intentions to become a serious contender on the electric vehicle market.
An Overview of Neuromorphic Computing and Its Latest Advances
Realising brain-like synapses using artificial intelligence has, for several decades, been a dream of scientists all over the world. Although we don’t have human-level AI yet, humans have made significant strides in the design of innovative technologies for neuromorphic computing. This article delves into some of the most promising innovations in this field.
Biomimetic ‘Mole-Bot’ Enables Unmanned Exploration of Underground Resources
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has recently announced the development of a mole-inspired robot. The biomimetic drilling robot imitates the biological structure and excavation habits of moles, and the team hopes it will be able to mine previously unreachable underground resources.
Former RAF Base in South Wales to Hold The UK’s First Location for a Large-Scale EV Battery Plant
A former RAF (Royal Air Force) site in Bro Tatham, South Wales will be the grounds for the United Kingdom’s first supersized EV (electric vehicle) battery production plant. The £1.2 billion investment is a strong injection that could alleviate the current shortcomings of the UK car industry.