IBM’s 500 Mile Lithium-Air Battery Breathes Air (Video)

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Today’s car batteries are massive, yet can only go about 100 miles, and can never come close to gasoline. But a new technology currently being developed under IBM’s “Battery 500 Project”, could result in a battery that would power cars for more than 500 miles on a single charge. They are developing a light-weight, ultra high-density lithium-air battery, or air-breathing battery, which actually breathes air.

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Robo-Glove Developed By NASA And GM (Video)

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Your older brother’s arm wrestling grip is killing you? The Human Grasp Assist device might be able to give you a helping hand (or a helping glove actually). The device, which is also known as Robo-Glove or K-Glove, is the result of the collaboration between GM and NASA and has been developed to help astronauts and autoworkers stay away from stress injuries.

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The ZBoard Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard

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Tired of burning soles on the road for a ride on your skateboard? The ZBoard, claims to be the “world’s first weight-sensing electric skateboard”, and it will save your shoes by letting your weight do the work.

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Lithium Imide batteries are like Lithium Ion on steroids

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Some years ago, the creation of Li-Ion batteries lead to a considerable technological progress, thanks to which we can now use laptops for hours and telephones for days without charging them. Still, the Li-Io batteries had their flaws: tendency to explode, susceptibility to heat and degradation, some cells losing up to 50% of capacity within 300-500 charges. The battery juice is limited and in most cases Lithium batteries last less than a couple of years.

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Sony wants to power your electric vehicle

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Sometime in the middle of this decade, Sony will start manufacturing lithium-ion batteries specifically for electric cars and hybrids. Demand for these batteries will surely increase as more people buy hybrids and electric cars, so Sony says it is prepared to build dedicated plants for this purpose too.

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New Liquid-Flow Battery Could Make Charging EVs as Quick as Pumping Gas

A sample of 'Cambridge crude' — a black, gooey substance that can power a highly efficient new type of battery. A prototype of the semi-solid flow battery is seen behind the flask.  Photo: Dominick Reuter

By combining the traditional, stationary electrodes of a lithium-ion battery with the suspension idea of a liquid flow battery, the team makes it possible to refuel an EV without having to recharge the battery within its own structure. A refillable liquid-flow battery would be less expensive than traditional lithium ion batteries, and could help bring down the cost of electric vehicles.

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Three-Dimensional Film Batteries Charge 100 Times Faster

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Before electric cars can really become a completely viable alternative to the regular gas-powered vehicles on the road, they need to have a way to charge up more quickly. The new 3D film batteries being developed by University of Illinois could be the answer.

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PlanetSolar 100′ catamarn has 38,000 photovaltaic solar cells, set to sail in March

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The World’s largest solar boat has just been unveiled by PlanetSolar in Kiel, Germany. The sunbathing catamaran marvel measures 100 feet long by 50 feet wide and is covered in 5,300 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels consisting of 38,000 next-generation cells by SunPower.

Being the largest solar powered boat on the ocean, it must have something to capture that technology, well it does. On-board PlanetSolar is the largest lithium ion battery in the world, made by HDW (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft), and being tested for future use on non-nuclear submarines.

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