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New battery tech may lead to inexpensive, safer electric cars

Power Japan Plus announced its dual carbon battery technology, which promises longer-lasting and less expensive batteries for electric cars.

By May 13, 2014


U.K. investigators focus on transmitter in Heathrow 787 fire

Though the Boeing 787's lithium-ion batteries have been the cause of previous fires on the aircraft, they do not appear to have been the cause of last week's blaze.

By July 16, 2013


Startup Envia battery promises to slash EV costs

With a new type of battery cathode, Envia says its lithium ion batteries can extend the range of electric vehicles and lower the costs. Investor GM is already testing them.

By February 26, 2012


Virtual lithium mine attaches to geothermal plant

Simbol Materials opens an operation in California to extract lithium, zinc, and other metals for batteries from the discharge of geothermal plants.

By September 28, 2011


Disposable sensor detects heavy metals in humans

A team at the University of Cincinnati says its sensor is the first lab-on-a-chip able to consistently pinpoint levels of highly electronegative manganese and will be tested in rural Ohio in 2012.

By August 3, 2011


Logitech's Mac-friendly keyboard one-ups Apple with solar charging

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 that earned our Editor's Choice award earlier this month is now available in a Mac version replete with all the familiar keys you'd find on Apple keyboards--music and brightness controls, command keys, and an eject key in the corner.

By August 17, 2011


Aquion Energy takes plunge into bulk grid storage

A Carnegie Mellon spinoff seeks to raise $30 million in venture capital to pursue cheap storage for wind and solar power with sodium ion batteries.

By July 22, 2011


Battery uses freshwater, salt water to produce power

Stanford researchers have come up with a rechargeable battery that takes advantage of the difference in salinity between salt water and freshwater to produce electricity and charge itself.

By April 1, 2011


Toyota says cost of fuel cells will plunge by 2015

At the International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo, Toyota outlined its goals for reducing the cost of hydrogen fuel cells.

By March 8, 2011


Hyundai hybrid sets pace for highway mpg

Automotive News reports on the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

By February 9, 2011