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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Environmentally friendly method could lower costs to recycle lithium-ion batteries

(University of California – San Diego) A new process for restoring spent cathodes to mint condition could make it more economical to recycle lithium-ion batteries. The process, developed by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, is more environmentally friendly than today’s methods; it uses greener ingredients, consumes 80 to 90% less energy, and emits about 75% less greenhouse gases.

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UCF researcher is working to extend battery life in smartphones, electric cars

(University of Central Florida) A University of Central Florida researcher is working to make portable devices and electric vehicles stay charged longer by extending the life of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering them.He is doing this by making the batteries more efficient, with some of his latest work focusing on keeping the anode from falling apart over time. The new technique is detailed in the journal Advanced Materials.

Tesla’s One Core Advantage

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s a maxim that I imagine could get you fired from Tesla. Tesla is obsessively focused on “fixing” what is working fine but not working as well as it could be. Tesla is obsessively trying to take products and systems apart, whittle them down to their core

$4.7 Billion Went Into Battery Storage, Smart Grid, & Efficiency Companies In Q1–Q3 2020

People who don’t follow cleantech, or individual cleantech industries, think that solar, wind, and batteries are sort of small, niche markets. Actually, these have become very large markets, and often the quickest growing markets. Similarly, related smart grid and energy efficiency companies are booming

Elon Musk Explains Tesla’s Vertical Integration vs. “Catalog Engineering”

Elon in GermanyTesla just achieved its fifth consecutive profitable quarter. How did Tesla beat Wall Street’s third quarter earnings estimates? How are they doing this while the broader auto industry is down amidst a global pandemic