Rapid performance improvements, falling prices and massive investment is accelerating us towards a time when batteries undercut fossil fuels for storage and despatch, right across the board, according to a report by Rocky Mountain Institute. The authors, Charlie Bloch, James Newcomb, Samhita Shiledar and Madeline Tyson have made forecasts for 7 battery technologies: the current leader Li-ion as well as Li-Metal, Li-Sulphur, Zinc, High Temperature, Flow, and High Power. Combined, they will impact the entire market, from virtually all types of e-mobility through to long duration grid storage, say the authors in this article. But they end by warning that these cost declines alone won’t be enough to meet climate targets. For that to happen infrastructure still needs to be built and markets created – everywhere – for everything from EV fast-charging to renewable-fed electric grids. And for that to happen investors, regulators, and policymakers need to move as fast as battery technology is.
Energy Post 1st Nov 2019 read more »
Part 4 of our week-long electric vehicle (EV) series goes behind scenes with the UK scientists working on transformative EV battery technologies. Part 1 asked if the world was ready for EVs; part 2 looked at the battle to control rare earths; and part 3 revealed the importance of gigafactories to UK automotive Amid the usual morning rush of students zipping around the campus of University College London, a momentary glimpse of a metallic blue Tesla is plenty to jolt Dan Brett awake. “Electric cars turn my head,” says the professor of electrochemical engineering. For the UCL academic, it’s not just the shiny exterior of the electric vehicle that commands attention. As a scientist at the bleeding edge of innovation, it’s what sits inside the Tesla that is of particular interest: the lithium-ion battery. Electric vehicles such as those built by Tesla depend on batteries. Conventional carmakers shifting their production lines from internal combustion engines to electric are using lithium-ion technology due to their immediate availability. But amid a new rush for batteries, sparked by a booming electric vehicle industry that is set to reach 125 million vehicles globally by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency, the jury is out on whether lithium-ion are the best bet for the automotive industry at large.
Telegraph 31st Oct 2019 read more »