Regular readers may recall that the silicon electrode for lithium ion batteries is the current leading candidate for a big capacity increase.  A study led by Chongmin Wang at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been published online in the journal Nano Letters examining a new type of silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrode. […]

An award-winning University of Wisconsin-Madison team led by professor Rolf Reitz will showcase at the Wisconsin State Fair a student hybrid vehicle for advanced fuel technology that harnesses the advantages of both diesel and gasoline.  The fuels are mixed in the combustion process. Now this is something serious to watch.  The UW-Madison Hybrid Vehicle Team […]

Sumitomo Electric Industries of Japan has developed a rechargeable molten-salt battery that promises to cost about 10% as much as lithium ion batteries.  Sumitomo Electric working with researchers at Kyoto University has developed a sodium material that melts at only 57º C, just 134º F.  This is news. With about double the energy density of […]

According to Per Tunestål, a researcher in Combustion Engines at Lund University in Sweden, air compression and release hybrids would be cheaper to manufacture than an electrical generator, battery and motor arrangement. Whenever a vehicle slows or brakes, energy is released.  In current combustion engine vehicle designs the energy is not used, yet Tunestål’s new […]

Volkswagen first showed its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle prototype during the last week of January. The prototype, representing the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy features, according to VW, combined fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US).  The plug-in hybrid system consists of a 0.8L two-cylinder TDI engine (35 […]

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