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Energy system of the future – Orkney Scotland

Orkney is an archipelago that lies off the northeastern coast of Scotland. It comprises 70 islands, 17 of which are inhabited. It is steeped in history with a Viking presence dating back to the 8th century. Some of the Norse legends and customs are still enacted during various festivals throughout the year. These islands

April 17th, 2019|

Phone Recycling and the EV industry

We normally don't take guest posts as the majority are straight advertorials. However we've made an exception with this post from Plunc as it is relevant to the transition to a sustainable world.  Plunc, is one of Europe's most trusted online recyclers for high end electronic items. The Rise of Phone Recycling and How It Could

September 25th, 2018|

The Importance of Professor Goodenough

John Goodenough is not a household name, yet the majority of households in the developed world make use of his discoveries virtually every day. It was Professor Goodenough who oversaw the major breakthrough in lithium ion battery technology during his time at Oxford University where he brewed the secret sauce for modern lithium batteries back in the late seventies

500km Charge in 5 minutes

Not surprisingly with the amount of money in battery R&D, technological breakthroughs are happening on a regular basis.  Many of these 'breakthroughs' will for whatever reasons not make it to market.  We have reported on a number of battery technologies that look very promising and one that seems to be improving rapidly simply blows away the 'hours

Tesla Sign Dahn Lab

Tesla Motors have signed an exclusive 5 year research agreement with Dahn Labs. Dahn Labs are a battery research group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada headed up by professor Jeff Dahn. Global battery research has undergone a transformation over the past decade as the advent of electric vehicles and battery storage expand

Battery Breakthrough

We've reported quite a bit about batteries over the years with a lot of hopeful technologies promising greater energy density, lower costs and improved performance. Battery research has been frantic in the last few years with many organisations from IBM to leading universities to various startups vying for the holy grail of cheap, environmentally and operationally safe,

EV Surge Begins

In a report released on the 24th March 2015, the German based Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemburg (ZSW) stated the global numbers for electric vehicles is close to three quarters of a million vehicles (740,000) with just about half of those (320,000) being purchased in 2014 and that's despite lower global oil prices.  The United

Apple iCar?

There's been much speculation over recent weeks that Apple are ramping up to enter the car market.  The best guess scenario to date is that they will produce an electric vehicle around 2020 under the codename 'Project Titan', possibly shaped like a mini-van, that will compete with Tesla & GM and that it will be autonomous.