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  • Let There Be Electricity.
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    29.06.2018

    Let There Be Electricity.

    Startup ELECTRIFY offers its customers a central platform for decentralized energy supply. Digital contracts can be conclud-ed via tamper-proof databases without intermediary bodies. This reduces transaction costs by around 30 %. In addition, the prices of different energy providers can be compared.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: CNBC

  • Electric Gray.
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    28.06.2018

    Electric Gray.

    Graphene producer Talga Resources has added graphene to concrete to make the actually insulating material electrically conductive. This allows inductive charging and even a heated road surface in icy weather. The higher stability of graphene reduces the amount of cement required in the concrete, which saves costs.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Graphene-info

  • Smart Grid 2.0.
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    27.06.2018

    Smart Grid 2.0.

    In the podcast, Greentech Media, together with a consultant from the Indigo Advisory Group, addresses the future of smart grids. How do AI technologies change energy networks and business models? How are utility companies promoting inno-vation? And what role do renewable energies play in this?

    Listening time: 46 min

    Source: Greentech Media

  • Cape of Good eHope.
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    26.06.2018

    Cape of Good eHope.

    South Africa's rising gasoline prices could boost sales of hybrid and electric cars. The majority of motorists here still tend to use drives powered by fossil fuels, but this could soon change. However, the precondition would be that the purchase prices of hybrid and electric vehicles in the Republic would drop.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Huffington Post

  • Deep Dive: Lithium.
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    25.06.2018

    Deep Dive: Lithium.

    About half of the world's lithium reserves are mined in China. The raw material is mainly used in electric vehicle batteries. Approximately 50% of all electrically powered vehicles are also sold in China. The article examines the growing demand for lithium and electric cars—battery production could increase fivefold by 2022.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: The Barrel Blog

  • E Stands for Extra.
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    22.06.2018

    E Stands for Extra.

    Uber goes electric: In a 1-year pilot program, the ride-hailing giant wants to break the milestone of 5 million rides in electric cars. For this reason, drivers using an electronically powered car receive a small bonus payment for each trip. The data are shared with scientists to explore the introduction of electric vehicles.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: The Verge

  • The Best Test.
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    21.06.2018

    The Best Test.

    TU Braunschweig and Tongji University in Shanghai have joined forces to increase battery safety. To this end, they jointly develop testing and standardization procedures. The focus is on batteries that are to be used in electric vehicles.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Springer Professional

  • Thousandfold Power Boost.
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    20.06.2018

    Thousandfold Power Boost.

    Startup Earthdas is currently developing a graph battery that that is expected to charge 12 times faster than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Electric vehicles could thus be recharged in only 5 minutes. Unlike small research projects, Earthdas scales on industrial dimensions: the first 3,000 units are to be produced this year.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: The Independent

  • Electric Fleet.
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    19.06.2018

    Electric Fleet.

    UPS buys 1000 electric vans from Workhorse. The aim of the logistics company is to operate every 4th vehicle purchased with an alternative drive system by 2020. The conversion of 1500 delivery vans in New York to electric drive and an order for Daimler's FUSO electric trucks also contribute to this goal.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Electrek

  • Powered for the Trip.
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    18.06.2018

    Powered for the Trip.

    According to a survey by management consultancy PwC, ¾ of German and Austrian electricity suppliers are active in the e-mobility sector. Almost all companies believe in its growing importance. According to PwC, the focus of their efforts is on setting up and operating the charging infrastructure.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: carIT

  • Organic—what else?
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    15.06.2018

    Organic—what else?

    Synthetic fuel from renewable energies and CO2 promises emission-free mobility. However, CO2 can only be extracted from the atmosphere with great effort. Moreover, production efficiency is very low. Due to the high energy density of fuels, however, the technology could be worthwhile for maritime and air traffic.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: SZ

  • The End of Cable Clutter.
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    14.06.2018

    The End of Cable Clutter.

    Startup Metaboards develops metamaterials for wireless charging. These are structures made up of metal and plastic compounds that have properties not found in nature. The waterproof and flexible technology requires no specific contact points to charge the end devices: You just put them on the surface and wait.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • Plug & Charge.
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    13.06.2018

    Plug & Charge.

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, a mechanical engineering company, has launched a product for end customers for the first time in its history: the Wallbox Home Eco home charger. The stationary charging device with a power range of up to
    11 kW can be installed in the garage or outdoors. Thanks to the plug & play solution, the Wallbox is easy to operate.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Printing Impressions

  • Fuel Is in the Air.
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    12.06.2018

    Fuel Is in the Air.

    Startup Carbon Engineering extracts CO₂ from the atmosphere and synthesizes fuels from it. In Squamish, Canada, the company removes 1 ton of CO₂ from the air every day and produces 2 barrels of fuel. The plant reduces the CO₂ footprint by 70 percent.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: CBC

  • Power for the Star.
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    11.06.2018

    Power for the Star.

    Daimler Trucks has unveiled two brand-new electric heavy-duty trucks, which will be delivered to the first customers before the end of this year. One of the vehicles is the eCascadia. It is based on the most successful long-haul truck in North America, the Cascadia. Its range is 250 miles - at a powerful 730 hp.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: electrek

  • Easy Drive Despite Heavy Haulage.
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    08.06.2018

    Easy Drive Despite Heavy Haulage.

    Shell has unveiled the new hybrid heavy goods vehicle called "Starship", which is 40% more effective than an average semi truck. To achieve excellent aerodynamics, Shell collaborated with the AirFlow Truck Company. In addition, a 5,000-watt solar array on the roof reduces the load on the diesel engine.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: CNET

  • Radical Performance.
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    07.06.2018

    Radical Performance.

    Renewable energies make up ⅔ of newly installed power plants, the majority of which are solar systems. However, they could become victims of their own success: Mains overvoltage at midday makes suppliers back away from solar investments. This problem is countered with peak shaving, for which electric vehicles could play an important role.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: WIRED

  • Stepping on the Gas.
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    06.06.2018

    Stepping on the Gas.

    Coal is China's most important energy source—it covers 72% of the country's energy demand. The transition to renewable energies takes time because wind and solar power plants are less efficient. That is why China is banking massively on natural gas. Imports are expected to increase more than thirteenfold by 2035. How will this development affect cars powered by natural gas?

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Yahoo Finance

  • Energy Space Miracle.
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    05.06.2018

    Energy Space Miracle.

    The MIPT has developed a nuclear battery prototype that emits 3,300 milliwatt hours of energy per gram. The energy storage is based on the decay of nickel-63 isotopes—the nuclear battery is expected to deliver 10 times more power than conventional commercial cells.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: The Register

  • From Unique to Mainstream.
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    04.06.2018

    From Unique to Mainstream.

    How can technology be successfully transferred from racing to a close-to-production drive concept? In a pilot project, supplier Schaeffler is demonstrating how Formula E technology can be transferred to other vehicle models. In order for such a know-how transfer to succeed, different areas of competence in a company must work closely together.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Elektronik automotive

  • Sun in the Battery.
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    30.05.2018

    Sun in the Battery.

    Shell is investing in the solar energy startup Sonnen to provide integrated energy offers and improved charging solutions for electric vehicles in the future. The group turns to the young German company because it provides innovative grid services with which Shell can fall back on the so-called virtual battery pool.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: CleanTechnica

  • Form Follows Function.
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    29.05.2018

    Form Follows Function.

    Electrically powered hypercars put special demands on battery technology. Conventional methods make the vehicle too heavy and lead to construction-related performance limitations. MIT is now demonstrating the possibility of storing energy in carbon parts. In this way, almost every auto part could become some kind of battery.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: Digital Trends

  • Tenfold Increase in Ten Years.
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    28.05.2018

    Tenfold Increase in Ten Years.

    Hydrogen-powered vehicles are enjoying increasing demand: it is expected to increase tenfold in the coming decade. While Toyota's Mirai, for example, sold 700 units in 2015, the number grew to 3,000 in 2017, which is why a new production facility is soon to be built near Toyota City.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Smart2Zero

  • Startup Plans Record Battery Network.
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    25.05.2018

    Startup Plans Record Battery Network.

    Startup Pivot Power is planning the world's largest battery network with a capacity of 2 gigawatts. Batteries are to be deployed in a grid-like manner at 45 sites across the United Kingdom. Pivot Power also wants to use the network's connections for charging stations. The electricity grid is made flexible for renewable energies and adapted for e-mobility.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Greentech Media

  • Upgrade Thanks to Upcycling.
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    24.05.2018

    Upgrade Thanks to Upcycling.

    Vattenfall has completed its largest energy storage facility in the UK. For this purpose, it connected a total of 500 BMW i3 battery packs to create a 22-MW battery. With used ZOE batteries, Renault has ventured a similar form of upcycling in Portugal.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Power Technology

  • Getting Off the Road.
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    23.05.2018

    Getting Off the Road.

    Startup Rivian identifies too much competition in the luxury electric sports sedan sector. That's why it is building an electric off-road vehicle, the A1T. The car will be launched in 2020. Rivian's chassis design is to be licensed out to other manufacturers so that they can save on development costs for their own platforms.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Video: 2 min

    Source: Engadget

  • Energy Data.
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    22.05.2018

    Energy Data.

    Startup Verv has developed a home assistant for private energy consumption. In addition, its platform calculates the energy profile of houses and apartments. Now Verv has teamed up with blockchain startup Ocean Protocol. They are jointly designing a marketplace for energy information where the data can flow together.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Insight: Study on energy problems of the blockchain

    Source: Forbes

  • Non-toxic Warning.
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    18.05.2018

    Non-toxic Warning.

    Chemical company Clariant produces halogen-free pigments for electric cars: high-voltage cables in vehicles and at charging stations must be marked with warning colors. Halogens were often used for this, but they are toxic. Clariant conquers the Chinese market with its compatible solution.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Plastemart

  • E-ase at Last.
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    17.05.2018

    E-ase at Last.

    A study by the University of York and LEVC measured brain waves while driving an electric vehicle. The surprising result: drivers were less stressed. Their heart rate as well as the sound level of the drive remained pleasantly low. E-mobility apparently also provides for e-asing.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Electrek

  • Drive Goes Open Source.
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    16.05.2018

    Drive Goes Open Source.

    Riversimple has built a hydrogen-powered car that drives 300 miles on 1.5 kilograms of H2. "Rasa" is scheduled to go into series production in 2020. A special feature is the open source publication of the technology designs. Their adaptation is an advantage for Riversimple: costs for suppliers could be reduced.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Video: 4 min

    Source: CNBC

  • Success Model: E-mobility.
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    15.05.2018

    Success Model: E-mobility.

    According to a new study by management consultan-cy McKinsey, manufacturers of electric vehicles could quadruple their global production by 2020. This is actually necessary: the markets are growing rapidly, especially in China. In Europe, Germany and Norway have the highest demand.

    Reading time: 7 min

    Source: McKinsey

  • Cinema Snack under the Hood.
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    14.05.2018

    Cinema Snack under the Hood.

    Researchers at the University of Göttingen have produced a new lightweight material from popcorn. This should also be of interest to the automotive industryCornstarch is already used for light thermoplastics that are incorporated in vehicles. Good for electric cars: the lower the weight, the higher the range.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Insight: 20% of US Americans want an electric vehicle

    Source: Springer Professional

  • Praise the Small Things.
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    09.05.2018

    Praise the Small Things.

    A study by the University of Rio de Janeiro has identified a low performance of huge energy projects costing more than US$ 1 billion. Microgrids are more efficient and effective. In electric mobility, these are connected with electric vehicles in a smart way.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Science Trends

  • Well-maintained Power Supply.
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    08.05.2018

    Well-maintained Power Supply.

    One of the most expensive components of the e-vehicle is its battery. That is why sparing treatment is important. But what does that mean? The guide of Electrek magazine summarizes important tips. High temperatures and voltages reduce the lifespan of batteries: Unnecessarily frequent charging at the SuperCharger should be avoided, for example

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Electrek

  • Axial instead of Radial.
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    07.05.2018

    Axial instead of Radial.

    Startup Magnax is working on a so-called axial flux motor in which the magnetic flux runs parallel to the axis of rotation. Advantage: The construction is simpler and the weight is lower as compared with conventional radial flux motors. The inno-vation is equally interesting for electric vehicles, motorcycles, and aircrafts.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: elektrek

  • Power of the Elements.
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    04.05.2018

    Power of the Elements.

    The clone troopers were created on the aquatic planet of Kamino. However, what energy was used? Besides the possi-bility of tidal power stations, industrial plants can be operated with hydrogen. An electrolysis module, which could also come from Kamino, is currently being installed in Linz: The world's largest plant of this type produces 1,200 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour from sunlight.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: medianet

  • Micro Mobility 2.0.
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    03.05.2018

    Micro Mobility 2.0.

    Startup Lime has launched an e-scooter sharing service for its customers. For the next generation of vehicles, Lime is partner-ing with Segway: The range is to be increased from 23 to 35 miles. In addition, the company integrates an AR feature into its app to project a virtual parking area onto the ground.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • Grid to the Power of 10.
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    02.05.2018

    Grid to the Power of 10.

    At the annual Grid Edge Innovation Summit, the top 10 innovation drivers of future grid technologies in the energy sector were selected. Among the winners, for example, is startup Stem. It combines various smaller storage system to form huge "virtual power plants".

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: Greentech Media

  • Digital Test Track.
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    27.04.2018

    Digital Test Track.

    Subaru uses simulation to reduce the test times of electric cars by 90%. On the road, vehicles are often subject to changing conditions—negative for the validation of test results. The control units of electric drives are therefore optimized virtually. Only then Subaru puts them to a final test in a real environment.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: FutureCar

  • E-volution of Buses.
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    26.04.2018

    E-volution of Buses.

    China is the largest market for electrically powered buses. 99% of the 385,000 electric buses used worldwide are operated in China, with 9,500 being added every 5 weeks—that' s roughly equivalent to London's bus fleet. This year alone, the buses saved as much oil as a country like Greece consumes.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Bloomberg