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Is Tesla's Gigafactory battery project about to stall? March 28, 2014 Is Tesla's Gigafactory battery project about to stall? Panasonic Corp. has declared that the company is not yet committed to participating in Tesla Motors Inc.’s 'Gigafactory' lithium-ion battery project because the concept could increase Panasonic’s investment risks.  Read more EU agrees on charging plug for electric cars March 27, 2014 EU agrees on charging plug for electric cars According to media reports, the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the member states agreed to adopt the so-called Type 2 charging plug as the standard for electric vehicles. The agreement is in line with a former declaration of intent of the commission. Read more 3D nanoscale observations promise new battery electrode materials March 27, 2014 3D nanoscale observations promise new battery electrode materials The first 3D observations showing how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery cell as it discharges and recharges have been made by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read more Sticky composites deliver lithium-ion battery safety breakthrough March 27, 2014 Sticky composites deliver lithium-ion battery safety breakthrough Researchers at the University of Delaware have shown that fragmented carbon nanotube films can serve as adhesive conductors in lithium-ion batteries. Read more Will schooling fish inspire the future of lighting? March 26, 2014 Will schooling fish inspire the future of lighting? A matchbox sized Sensor Node, which was inspired by the behavior of schooling fish, is aiming to change the future of lighting and revolutionize how we use, monitor and save energy in buildings worldwide. Read more Advanced Liquid Metal Battery system heads for commercialization March 26, 2014 Advanced Liquid Metal Battery system heads for commercialization Ambri, with technical support from Nuvation Engineering, is preparing to demonstrate a large-scale prototype Liquid Metal Battery grid-scale energy storage system that aims to enable the more widespread use of renewable generation like wind and solar. Read more Infrared breakthrough makes silicon solar cells more efficient March 26, 2014  Infrared breakthrough makes silicon solar cells more efficient A silicon photovoltaic cell capable of turning infrared radiation into electricity has been developed by a team of researchers in Spain. Read more Biofilm-based living materials promise solar cell advance March 25, 2014  Biofilm-based living materials promise solar cell advance Researchers at MIT have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms incorporating nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. The result promises live cells with the benefits of nonliving materials capable of conducting electricity or emitting light. Read more Perovskite-based solar cell breakthrough offers 24-hour benefits March 25, 2014 Perovskite-based solar cell breakthrough offers 24-hour benefits A next-generation Perovskite-based solar cell that can also emit light, in addition to converting light to electricity, has been discovered by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Read more III-V solar cells on graphene break efficiency record March 25, 2014 III-V solar cells on graphene break efficiency record Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign claim to have achieved record levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires from III-V materials directly on graphene. The development promises cost-saving benefits for solar cells or laser applications. Read more
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