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  • Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant

    02/26/2014 8:56:24 PM PST · by ckilmer · 93 replies ^ | 02/26/2014 | Justin Hyde
    Tesla reveals $5 billion Gigafactory, the world's largest battery plant By Justin Hyde 6 hours ago Motoramic   .View photo Tesla Motors No automaker has quite the momentum that Tesla Motors enjoys today. It sells every car it builds easily, with customers queuing around the globe. It's considered the best car for sale in America by several critics, and Wall Street has bought into Elon Musk's vision with a fervor rarely seen outside riverside baptisms. And yet everything Tesla stands for today and wants to accomplish in the future rides on a single stubborn, expensive piece of technology — the...
  • Tesla May Raise the Green Bar With New Battery Factory

    02/22/2014 7:54:51 PM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies
    wallstcheatsheet ^ | February 22, 2014 | Eric Schaal
    Tesla May Raise the Green Bar With New Battery Factory Eric Schaal | More Articles February 22, 2014 As is often the case with Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), expectations for the electric car company’s battery factory are sky-high. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk recently noted that the soon-to-launch factory would produce more lithium-ion batteries than all other sources on earth combined. In fact, word that the factory will be powered by sun and wind helps Tesla toward its stated goal of changing the sustainability quotient of the auto industry and thus U.S. culture as a whole.Musk’s appearances at town-hall-style meetings in Europe in...
  • What You Need to Know About Tesla Motors' Big Plans for the Chinese Auto Market

    02/14/2014 7:30:17 AM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | By Tamara Walsh
    What You Need to Know About Tesla Motors' Big Plans for the Chinese Auto Market By Tamara Walsh | More Articles | Save For Later February 13, 2014 | Comments (1) Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) is hoping to unlock even more growth as it expands its operations overseas. The electric-car maker recently entered the world's largest auto market and plans to officially begin Model S deliveries in China as soon as next month. However, the real potential for Tesla comes as the automaker prepares to install its Supercharger network there.Value creation at its bestTesla's Supercharger network creates tremendous value for...
  • Woman, 41, batters and bites her 75-year-old boyfriend, cops say

    02/03/2014 5:49:25 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jon O'Neill
    Angry that her credit card was taken away, a 41-year-old Boca woman battered and bit her 75-year-old boyfriend, Boca police say. The victim told police the woman, his live-in girlfriend of five years, bit and kicked during an argument that happened at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of West Silver Palm Road, according to a Boca Raton police report.
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffers ANOTHER battery scare as component starts smoking on plane in Japan

    01/15/2014 5:49:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies ^ | January 14, 2014 | Staff
    Battery problems resurfaced on Boeing's 787 on Tuesday, after gas was discovered coming out of a battery on a plane parked in Tokyo. Boeing said the problem on a Japan Airlines 787 was discovered during scheduled maintenance. No passengers were on board. The company said it appears that a single battery cell 'vented', or released gas. The incident comes a year after a fire in a lithium ion battery aboard a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport.
  • Wireless device converts 'lost' energy into electric power [Galt's Motor?}

    11/08/2013 10:12:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 11-07-2013 | Provided by Duke University
    Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device, according to a report appearing in the journal Applied Physics Letters in December 2013. (It is now available online.) It operates on a similar principle to solar panels, which convert light energy into electrical current. But this versatile energy harvester could be tuned to harvest...
  • Scientists Develop Graphene-Coated Silicon Supercapacitor

    10/24/2013 1:12:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | 10-24-2013 | Staff - Source: David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University
    Using porous silicon coated with graphene, material scientists at Vanderbilt University have developed the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon. Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the October 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports. It is the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon so...
  • First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris (battery WAS burning)

    10/03/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | 10/03/2013 | John Voelcker
    Yesterday, a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle. The cars alert system signaled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did. No one was injured, and the sole occupant had sufficient time to exit the vehicle safely and call the authorities.Subsequently, a fire caused by the substantial damage sustained during the collision was contained to the front of the vehicle thanks to the design and construction of the vehicle and battery pack. All indications are that the fire never entered the...
  • Scientists power mobile phone using urine

    07/29/2013 11:03:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | July 16, 2013 | Staff
    British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine to generate electricity, in a study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. "No one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery," said engineer Ioannis Ieropoulos. "The beauty of this fuel...
  • Sol Chip Creates The Everlasting Solar Battery

    07/28/2013 12:03:18 PM PDT · by DYngbld · 22 replies
    nocamels ^ | july 22 | Johnathan Leow
    Sol Chip Creates The Everlasting Solar Battery By Johnathan Leow, NoCamels July 22, 2013 3 Comments Environment News Tagged: batteries, Environment News, infinite, sol-chip, solar power Environment News: Sol Chip Creates The Everlasting Solar Battery A battery with infinite power. Has the Israeli company Sol Chip found the way to do it? The Haifa-based company has developed the worlds first solar battery that is able to recharge itself to power wireless sensors and mobile electronics devices. Operable in sunlight and low-light environments, the batteries are a result of the cross pollination of solar cell and microchip technologies....
  • New all-solid sulfur-based battery outperforms lithium-ion technology

    06/05/2013 8:56:54 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 50 replies
    Physorg ^ | June 5, 2013
    Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed and tested an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery with approximately four times the energy density of conventional lithium-ion technologies that power today's electronics. The ORNL battery design, which uses abundant low-cost elemental sulfur, also addresses flammability concerns experienced by other chemistries. "Our approach is a complete change from the current battery concept of two electrodes joined by a liquid electrolyte, which has been used over the last 150 to 200 years," said Chengdu Liang, lead author on the ORNL study published this week in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Scientists have...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles At Australian University

    06/04/2013 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    The Motor Report ^ | 06-04-2013 | Trevor Collett
    The University of Wollongong has reached a breakthrough with its research on lithium-ion batteries which could make electric vehicles (EVs) more viable in the near future. The universitys Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM) has used a new Germanium-based material, capable of storing five times more energy than a conventional lithium-ion battery. Researchers at the university believe this new technology to EVs could at the very least double the distance that the car can travel on a single charge. And the benefits dont end there, with the new batteries bringing a significant reduction in charging times, and a relatively...
  • Electric car trailblazer Better Place to file for bankruptcy within days (Israeli)

    05/24/2013 8:04:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 24, 2013, 11:41 pm | Yifa Yaakov and David Shamah
    Israeli electric car firm Better Place, which hoped to revolutionize driving habits in Israel and worldwide, will file for bankruptcy in the coming week. The trailblazing firm sought to accelerate a world motoring shift away from gas-guzzling cars to electric, battery-powered vehicles. But the company was not well-served by having things it thought would happen over a decade happen within a year, a source familiar with the companys financial woes told Fortune on Friday. snip It also touted partnerships developing in France and the US, harboring particular hopes of an electric car revolution pushed by the Obama administration. snip

    04/09/2013 2:03:43 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 5 replies
    ME | April 09, 2013 | swampsniper
    I have 2 BR-5C Nokia phone batteries sitting here, they were sent by mistake. If you can use them let me know.
  • Video: The battery that might change everything

    02/23/2013 12:51:19 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 80 replies ^ | february 23 2013 | jazz shaw
    Some of the great scientific breakthroughs of the last century came about entirely by accident. Many of you are probably familiar with the origins of the Post It Note, and how it was invented as a result of a failure when attempting to create a super strong adhesive. Well, there may be another such story taking place in the present day. Scientists working with carbon compounds developed Graphene, a safe substance with a lot of structural strength for very little mass and weight. And then some wise guy discovered that it had another use. The recap: Graphene, a very simple...
  • Airbus rejects lithium batteries after Boeings problems

    02/15/2013 8:13:22 AM PST · by rawhide · 10 replies ^ | 2-15-13 | FRANCINE KNOWLES
    Airbus said it is dropping plans to use lithium-ion batteries on its new A350 airplane, under development, in the wake of problems with the batteries on Chicago-based Boeings 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing Co. rival said, while it believes the battery architecture it has been developing and qualifying for is robust and safe, it will instead use nickel cadmium main batteries, which have a proven track record. Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of program execution and A350 reliability, Airbus said in a statement. The entire fleet of 50 Boeing 787s was grounded by...
  • Boeing looking at interim 787 fixes: WSJ

    02/13/2013 9:20:08 PM PST · by rawhide · 35 replies ^ | 2-13-13 | (Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)
    Two test flights of Boeing Co's (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner have not revealed the cause of the battery malfunctions that grounded the jets, leaving it to focus on low-tech interim fixes, the Wall Street Journal said, citing government and industry officials. More test flights are planned, including efforts to assess potential fixes, although no significant new clues emerged to help pinpoint the cause of the problem, the Journal said. Boeing is now considering putting the lithium ion batteries in a sturdier container to stop heat, flames and toxic chemicals from escaping if the power packs overheat, the newspaper said. People familiar...
  • Boeing Dreamliner battery fire hot enough to melt fuselage, tests show

    02/12/2013 4:58:37 PM PST · by rawhide · 31 replies ^ | 1-15-13 | Curtis Tate
    A fire that broke out last week in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner could have been hot enough to melt the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic that makes up the planes shell, according to the results of tests the Federal Aviation Administration performed last year. In the FAA tests, which the agency performed at its site in Atlantic City a year after it certified the Dreamliner, the temperature of the battery fires reached as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The planes polymer skin melts at 649 degrees, according to its manufacturer, Victrex Energy of West Conshohocken, Pa. It also burns at high temperatures....
  • Lobbying Muscle and Green Agenda Blinded Boeing to Reality

    01/31/2013 11:52:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 31, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    With the revelation that All Nippon Airways replaced defectivelithium ion batteries 10 times,Japan Air Lines replacedquite a few, andUnited Airlines replaced multiple batteries, in the months preceding the smoke emergency that grounded their Dreamliners, is there anything that can be said about the technology that can overcome its now-horrible reputation? Boeing has worked on the 787 for 10 years or so, with an ample amount of time to determine what kind of battery technology would be functional with thesuper-efficient jet with exceptional environmental performance. Had the Chicago-based manufacturer and its airline customers concerned themselves more with achievable plans that...
  • Chinese firm wins A123 despite U.S. tech transfer fears

    01/29/2013 5:08:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Reuters | January 29, 2013 | By Tom Hals and Ben Klayman
    (Reuters) - China's largest auto parts maker won U.S. government approval to buy A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), a maker of electric car batteries, despite warnings by some lawmakers that the deal would transfer sensitive technology developed with U.S. government money. The sale of the lithium-ion battery maker to a U.S. unit of Wanxiang Group was approved by a U.S. government committee on foreign investment, according to a statement from the Chinese company. Last month, Wanxiang's U.S. unit agreed to pay $257 million for A123's automotive battery business and related assets in a bankruptcy auction, beating U.S. rival Johnson Controls Inc...
  • Police Hunt for Men Dressed as Oompa-Loompas After Attack on 28-Year-Old as He Left Kebab House

    12/31/2012 5:01:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 31 December 2012 | Amanda Williams
    Police hunt for men dressed as Oompa-Loompas after attack on 28-year-old as he left kebab house Man was left with cuts to his face, nose and lip, as well as two black eyes Police are now hunting the two men dressed as the fictional factory workers Two men dressed as Oompa-Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being hunted by police after they allegedly attacked a man on a night out. The pair - who had painted orange faces and dyed green hair and were wearing hooped tops like the characters in the 1971...
  • How Friction May Someday Charge Your Cell Phone

    11/20/2012 1:23:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 19, 2012 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A nanogenerator made from inexpensive materials harvests mechanical energy and produces enough power to charge personal electronics. The phenomenon that causes a painful shock when you touch metal after dragging your shoes on the carpet could someday be harnessed to charge personal electronics. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a device that takes advantage of static electricity to convert movementlike a phone bouncing around in your pocketinto enough power to charge a cell phone battery. It is the first demonstration that these kinds of materials have enough oomph to power personal electronics. Excess energy produced when you walk, fidget, or...
  • Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems Files Bankruptcy

    10/16/2012 7:29:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Bloomberg | -Oct 16, 2012 8:50 AM CT | By Dawn McCarty and Craig Trudell
    Title and link only.........
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...
  • A cleaner, faster battery [Nickel-Iron]

    07/10/2012 11:09:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUL 09, 2012 | Provided by Canadian Light Source
    A team of Stanford and Canadian Light Source researchers have developed an ultrafast rechargeable battery from non-toxic materials. This new rechargeable battery uses nanostructures to update a century-old idea: the nickel-iron bat-tery. Those early batteries, developed by Thomas Edison in 1901 to power electric cars, have been out of favour for a while. In addition to taking a long time to recharge, they just werent as powerful as other sources. There are, however, compelling reasons to improve the batteries efficiency. Nickel-iron batteries are attractive because they are cheap and, relative to other battery materials like lithium, they are not very...
  • First spray-on battery could change home electronics forever

    06/28/2012 9:10:43 AM PDT · by rawhide · 2 replies ^ | 6-28-12 | Rob Waugh
    A spray-on battery could revolutionise technology - allowing for slimmer gadgets, and household gizmos with built-in power supplies. The lithium-ion battery, which can be painted on to virtually every surface, works by 'spraying on' the chemical layers which form a battery. The new battery could make solar gadgets practical by building up their storage, without hefty long-life batteries building up their bulk. It has already been tested on bathroom panels, producing a steady 2.4 volts and being recharged by a solar cell, says Nature's Scientific Reports. Hailed as a 'paradigm changer' by creators at Rice University the technology could one...
  • Case of setting classmate on fire ends with battery conviction for instigator

    06/20/2012 5:02:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | June 20, 2012 | Suzette LaBoy (Associated Press)
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teenager was convicted Tuesday of aggravated battery in a horrific 2009 attack on a middle school classmate who was drenched in rubbing alcohol and set on fire. Matthew "Zeke" Bent was accused of orchestrating the attack on Michael Brewer and charged with second-degree murder. The six jurors, who deliberated for just over a day, had the option of finding him guilty of a lesser offense.
  • A123 Systems Reports More Bad News (Another Obama Stimulooser Success)

    05/16/2012 7:52:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 05-15-2012 | Kevin Bullis
    Based on this morning's quarterly earnings call, the financial numbers are pointing in the wrong direction for lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems, a company founded 10 years ago based on technology developed at an MIT lab. A123 posted a net loss of $125 million, $40 million more than it lost in the previous quarter. It only brought in $11 million in revenue, down from $40 million in the previous quarter and $18 million a year ago. Meanwhile, its cash is dwindling, down from $187 million at the end of last year to $113 million at the end of the first...
  • New nanostructure for batteries keeps going and going...

    05/16/2012 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 05-11-2012 | Mike Moss & Provided by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    For more than a decade, scientists have tried to improve lithium-based batteries by replacing the graphite in one terminal with silicon, which can store 10 times more charge. But after just a few charge/discharge cycles, the silicon structure would crack and crumble, rendering the battery useless. Now a team led by materials scientist Yi Cui of Stanford and SLAC has found a solution: a cleverly designed double-walled nanostructure that lasts more than 6,000 cycles, far more than needed by electric vehicles or mobile electronics. This is a very exciting development toward our goal of creating smaller, lighter and longer-lasting batteries...
  • Ford's electric car battery pack costs $12,000-$15,000

    04/19/2012 11:39:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012
    One of the auto industry's most closely guarded secrets, the enormous cost of batteries for electric cars, has spilled out. Speaking at a forum on green technology, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally indicated battery packs for the company's Focus electric car costs between $12,000 and $15,000 apiece. "When you move into an all-electric vehicle, the battery size moves up to around 23 kilowatt hours, [and] it weighs around 600 to 700 pounds," Mulally said at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Green conference in California. "They're around $12,000 to $15,000 [a battery]" for a type of car that normally sells for about...
  • W. Seattle teen beaten bloody in possible hate crime

    03/29/2012 6:29:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies ^ | May 29, 2010 | Shomari Stone and Joel Moreno
    SEATTLE - A 16-year-old boy from West Seattle says he was held hostage and beaten for hours, all because of the color of his skin. Shane McClellan says two men kicked and whipped him at gunpoint - and told him they singled him out because he is white. Tim McClellan, Shane's father, says he barely recognized his son after the brutal assault. "I didn't know if he was alive or dead," Tim McClellan said. The incident happened as Shane McClellan was walking home from a birthday party at a friend's house Tuesday around 2 a.m. Shane says two men called...
  • Graphene battery demonstrated to power an LED

    03/16/2012 9:41:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 16 March 2012 | Lin Edwards
    Scientists in Hong Kong have reported, in ArXiv, their experiments to make a graphene battery that they say generates an electrical current by drawing on the ambient thermal energy in the solution in which it is immersed. Researchers led by Zihan Xu of the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, attached silver and gold electrodes to a graphene sheet, typically 7 mm x 7 mm in area, mounted on a silicon substrate. The assembly was then immersed in a saturated solution of copper chloride (CuCl2), and was found to produce an electrical...
  • The Big Battery Breakthrough

    03/11/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT · by NavVet · 79 replies
    Car Talk ^ | 7 Mar 12 | Jim Motovalli
    Envia has figured out how to improve energy density at the anode and cathode and store more lithium. In short, he claims to have doubled energy density and halved the cost of lithium-ion batteries. And he says that his breakthrough isnt theoreticalpacks are already built on an automotive scale and are being tested by automakers around the world. Its impossible to verify all that, and Kapadia wont tell me which automakers hes working with, though GM is presumably one of them. Specifically, Envia says it has reached an energy density of 400-watt-hours per kilogram in auto-grade lithium-ion cells, and achieved...
  • Startup Envia battery promises to slash EV costs

    02/27/2012 12:27:30 PM PST · by AJFavish · 40 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | February 26, 2012 | Martin LaMonica
    With the auto industry pining for a battery breakthrough to lower electric vehicle costs, Envia Systems has some interesting performance data to share. The five-year-old company today is expected to disclose technical details of its batteries which executives say could lead to cutting EV battery pack prices in half in three or four years. Envia Systems' batteries are being evaluated by a number of automakers, including its largest investor General Motors, according to CEO Atul Kapadia. Read more:
  • Occupy Wall Street protesters throw condoms, drown out speakers at Rhode Island pro-life rally

    01/30/2012 11:52:06 PM PST · by topher · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1-30-2012 | Ben Johnson
    PROVIDENCE, RI, January 30, 2012, ( Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement threw condoms on Catholic schoolgirls, refused to allow a Catholic priest to give a closing prayer, and shouted down a pro-life speaker at a Rhode Island right to life rally on Thursday, according to its organizer. The event marked the third time protesters associated with the movement have disrupted a pro-life meeting in a week. About two-dozen members of Occupy Providence hiked from Burnside Park to the 39th Annual Pro-Life State House Rally organized by the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee on Thursday. Protesters...
  • Football Pitch-Sized Batteries Could Change the World of Renewable Energy

    01/09/2012 11:30:36 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 47 replies
    Oilprice ^ | 08/01/2012 | James Burgess
    2011 saw huge advances in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, and these advancements will continue into 2012. In fact 2012 could be the year that renewable energy sources start to seriously compete with traditional fossil fuels, at least that is the hope in the battle to reduce carbon emissions and our dependence on dwindling oil stocks. However a major problem with renewable energy sources is that they can rarely provide consistent power levels, due to a myriad of factors outside of human control. Eric Wesoff, an industry analyst with Greentech Media, explains that, A wind farm only works...
  • Second iPhone 'explodes' in a week

    12/02/2011 2:00:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    TodayOnline ^ | 12/02/11
    Second iPhone 'explodes' in a week by Agencies 04:28 PM Dec 02, 2011 For the second time in the past week, an iPhone 4 has reportedly exploded, website Mashable reported. In the latest incident, which happened in Brazil on Wednesday morning, the Apple smartphone short-circuited and started to burn about 40cm from a man's face as he slept. Ayla Mota said he awoke to see the iPhone 4, which was plugged in for an overnight charge, sparking and emitting smoke. "At dawn, I woke up seconds before witnessing the burning of my iPhone when I saw a lot of sparks...
  • portable jumpstart units- any rechargeable ones?

    11/25/2011 10:39:09 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 21 replies
    me ^ | Wobbly Bob
    does anyone know of one made that can be recharged? all the ones I own (and ones sold in stores) are sealed . if they are left in a cold place(like an unheated garage), they become just as dead as the battery in the car you're trying to start.
  • iPhone Owners Report Even Worse Battery Life With iOS 5.0.1 (Post-Jobs Apple Woes)

    11/11/2011 10:35:57 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 November 2011 | Zach Epstein
    Apple on Thursday released an update to iOS 5 that addressed issues many users were having with poor battery performance.The Cupertino, California-based company had been testing the solution for some time, even uncharacteristically reaching out to affected end-users and having them install the potential fix to test its effectiveness. Despite Apples determination that iOS 5.0.1 resolved issues related to battery life, however, not all users are finding that to be the case.After upgrading to 5.0.1 my iPhone is draining the battery even faster, one user posted to Apples support forum. A number of other iPhone owners have taken to Apples...
  • Plasmonic device converts light into electricity

    11/09/2011 11:52:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | November 9, 2011 | Lisa Zyga
    While the most common device for converting light into electricity may be photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, a variety of other devices can perform the same light-to-electricity conversion, such as solar-thermal collectors and rectennas. In a new study, engineers have designed a new device that can convert light of infrared (IR) and visible wavelengths into direct current by using surface plasmon excitations in a simple metal-insulator-metal (MIM) device. The researchers, Fuming Wang and Nicholas A. Melosh of Stanford University, have published their study on the new device in a recent issue of Nano Letters. The greatest significance thus far is to...
  • Toyota Develops New Electric Car Battery(1000km per charge)

    10/23/2011 9:57:17 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 49 replies
    The Chosunilbo ^ | 10/24/11 | The Chosunilbo
    Toyota Motor has developed a secondary electric car battery that can last up to 1,000 km per charge, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Monday. That is five times the energy storage capacity of existing batteries. Toyota came up with the prototype in collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. The new battery is based on a solid core and its simplified structure means it does not require fire-retardant materials. It eliminates the disadvantages of lithium-ion batteries, which are based on an easily heatable and combustible liquid core. Toyota plans to improve the battery...
  • Rare bat could endanger high speed rail plans, warns Government adviser ( UK )

    10/06/2011 5:56:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05 Oct 2011
    Plans to build a high speed railway line from London to Birmingham could be threatened by a small colony of bats, the Governments environmental advisers have warned... the bats could be a show-stopper ...
  • Researchers Develop World's First Energy-Storage Membrane

    10/03/2011 11:37:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | 03 OCT 2011 | Staff
    A team from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI), led by principle investigator Dr Xie Xian Ning, has developed the world's first energy-storage membrane. Electrical energy storage and its management is becoming an urgent issue due to climate change and energy shortage. Existing technologies such as rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors are based on complicated configurations including liquid electrolytes, and suffer from difficulties in scaling-up and high fabrication costs. There is also growing public concern and awareness of the impact of traditional energy sources on the environment, spurring a continued search for alternative, green, sustainable energy sources....
  • Electric Supercar Blows Doors Off Tesla

    09/30/2011 9:03:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 09-28-2011 | Analysis by Jesse Emspak
    A group of gear heads from Croatia has produced a car designed to show that electric vehicle doesnt have to mean something my granola-eating neighbor drives. Rimac Automobil, named for its founder, Mate Rimac, unveiled the Concept_One at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt. Designed as a sleek sports car it is powered entirely by batteries, and can, the company says, hit 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, and reach a limit of 190 mph. The batteries carry 92 kilowatt-hours, or enough to power an average American home for three days -- or drive the car 372 miles, enough...
  • A Simple Way to Boost Battery Storage (+30%)

    09/30/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Friday, September 30, 2011 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A stretchy binder material that's compatible with existing factories could help electric cars and portable electronics go 30 percent longer. A stretchy binder material that's compatible with existing factories could help electric cars and portable electronics go 30 percent longer. One approach to the problem is to structure these anodes in a totally different way, for example growing shaggy arrays of silicon nanowires that can bend, swell, and move around as lithium enters and exits. This approach is being commercialized by Amprius, a startup in Palo Alto, California. But growing nanowires requires new processes that aren't normally used in battery...
  • New Battery Could Be Just What the Grid Ordered

    09/28/2011 10:27:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | By Prachi Patel
    A Pittsburgh company says its battery has the long life and cheap cost needed to be practical for energy storage. Utilities need cheap, long-lasting ways to store the excess energy produced by power plants, especially as intermittent power from solar and wind farms is added to the mix. Unfortunately, the batteries available for grid-level storage are either too expensive or don't last for the thousands of cycles needed to make them cost-effective. A new battery developed by Aquion Energy in Pittsburgh uses simple chemistrya water-based electrolyte and abundant materials such as sodium and manganeseand is expected to cost $300 for...
  • Battery Storage Could Get a Huge Boost from Seaweed

    09/09/2011 2:05:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | By Stephen Cass
    A binding agent found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics could let lithium-ion cells hold much more energy. Lithium-ion batteries could hold up to 10 times as much energy per cell if silicon anodes were used instead of graphite ones. But manufacturers don't use silicon because such anodes degrade quickly as the battery is charged and discharged. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University think they might have found the ingredient that will make silicon anodes worka common binding agent and food additive derived from algae and used in many household products. They say this material...
  • George Soros sued by ex-girlfriend for reneging on real estate promise

    08/11/2011 12:53:38 AM PDT · by Justaham · 71 replies ^ | 8-11-11 | Emily Smith
    A beautiful Brazilian soap star has the lead role in her own daytime drama, which casts George Soros, the billionaire financier of lefty causes, as a heavy who not only broke her heart, but also reneged on a promise to give her an Upper East Side apartment worth $1.9 million. The drama will be staged in Manhattan Supreme Court, where 28-year-old Adriana Ferreyr yesterday filed a blockbuster $50 million suit charging, among other things, that the frisky octogenarian slapped her around while they were in bed discussing his real-estate betrayal. The sultry actress and the mogul, who's worth some $14.5...
  • Research group develops superior conducting solid state lithium battery

    08/03/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies ^ | 08-03-2011 | by Bob Yirka
    A Japanese research group has developed a solid state lithium battery that appears to perform just as well as conventional liquid lithium ion batteries. The group has published their results in Nature Materials and claim to have found a solid electrolyte that performs on a par with current liquid technology, and does so over a much broader temperature range and because its solid should be more compact as well as less sensitive to physical damage and fire hazard. Lithium ion batteries are currently used in a wide variety of consumer electronics (and electric vehicles) due to their energy density, re-chargeability...
  • Tiny lithium battery nearly kills Deer Isle toddler

    07/25/2011 5:39:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | Monday, July 25, 2011 | By Sharon Kiley Mack
    DEER ISLE, Maine Before May 17, Kacen Pedrucci was a normal 15-month-old boy. At his Deer Isle home, he was beginning to talk and was walking around happily, exploring his surroundings and putting things in his mouth as toddlers do. He always had a smile and a sweet disposition. One of his favorite books was The Lion King, which was a talking book by pushing a button on the side of the page, jungle sounds could be heard. But for the last three months, Kacen has been at deaths door, in and out of doctors offices, emergency rooms...