Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cathode material with high energy density for all-solid Lithium-ion batteries

Fig. 1. Charge/discharge curves of the new cathode material Black line: charge curve. Red line: discharge curve. The new material can operate at charge/discharge voltages of over 5V, which is beyond the limits of conventional lithium secondary batteries. FDK Corporation and Fujitsu Laboratories today announced that they have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li2CoP2O7), which has high energy density, for the cathode material of all-solid lithium-ion batteries (“all-solid-state batteries”). This material enables the development … Continue reading

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Norilsk Nickel notes interest of foreign investors in company’s ‘green’ bonds

Green bonds attract investment to be used for financing environmental projects SOCHI, February 28. /TASS/. Foreign investors are interested in “green” bonds of Norilsk Nickel and want to invest in them, according to the company’s Vice-President Elena Bezdenezhnykh. “Norilsk Nickel is indeed considering the possibility of issuing “green” bonds, which would interest direct investors. During the road show, we are often asked questions about “green” bonds because people want to invest in them. Most … Continue reading

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Hi-tech machine enables new Graphene purification technique

A revolutionary machine that can unboil an egg is being used to develop graphene purification technology. Researchers from Flinders University in South Australia along with Western Australian company First Graphite Ltd will use the dynamic Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD) to produce high-quality graphene for industrial use. Graphene is the building block of graphite and is one of the most sought after materials in the world because of its robust nature. More than a million … Continue reading

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High-power wireless charging technology

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (Oak Ridge, TN) 20-kw wireless charging system has achieved 90% efficiency at three times the rate of the wired charging systems commonly used for electric vehicles today. According to ORNL, this ability can help accelerate the adoption and convenience of electric vehicles. Industry partners such as Toyota, Cisco Systems, Evatran, and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research contributed to the technology development. ORNL’s power electronics team achieved what they … Continue reading

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Glencore records $1.99 billion profit

Glencore Plc opened the door for a big dividend to reward shareholders, which includes its top executives and dozens of employees, for sticking with the company through the commodities crisis. The mining giant, along with Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton Ltd., surprised investors this month by promising bigger shareholder payouts as profits exceed analysts’ estimates. Glencore signalled that it may pay the special dividend this year or next. The company cut debt in … Continue reading

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