BMW has opened its new Engine Test Building in Munich, putting all development of drivetrains into one modular building. There are 36 test stands, six of which are equipped for development of hydrogen-powered engines. Key enabler is a universal data management system linking the test areas for data transfer. An automated system controls the facility, monitors tests, and records data.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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