To start, lets get the digital quantum battery misnomer out of the way.  What’s being discussed here and other places isn’t about battery building; it’s about a theoretical construction of a nano-sized capacitor.  It’s interesting as the storage medium isn’t like a conventional capacitor with the material between the anode and cathode holding the energy.  […]

Monday Nov. 16 saw The Electrification Coalition in Washington D.C. to persuade the government to pull the financial levers for an electric car revolution.  The coalition seeks a goal made with 75% of light duty vehicles to be electric powered by 2040.  The group’s forecast is their goal would essentially end imported oil and improve […]

An Arizona State University spin off, Fluidic Energy in Scottsdale, AZ, was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy research grant of $5.13 million at the end of October 2009.  Fluidic Energy says it can develop a metal-air battery that dramatically outperforms the best lithium-ion batteries on the market.  Now the company has the cash coming […]

Lotus Engineering, a division of Lotus, one of the world’s renowned automotive consultants unveiled its Range Extender Engine at the 63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show.  Used in series hybrid vehicles, Range Extender Engines are coupled to an electrical generator to provide a highly efficient source of energy to power the electric motor directly or charge […]

Some studies have demonstrated that a simple parallel connection of an ultracapacitor to a low-cost alkaline battery can duplicate the performance characteristics of a lithium-ion battery.  Now on the market is an ultracapacitor kit for forklifts using lead acid for the energy density storage and Ioxus ultracapacitors for the power density. Better yet in many […]

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