Battery-maker, Electro Energy Inc., joined the Plug-In Hybrid Consortium in Washington, D.C. in May to demonstrate the power of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) to senators and representatives who were meeting to discuss alternative energy. One of the vehicles demonstrated was a Toyota Prius powered by Electro Energy's bi-polar NiMH battery which is capable of driving 20 to 25 miles on a single battery charge without using any gasoline, the equivalent of over 100 miles per gallon of fuel economy. Further driving range is possible in the normal hybrid operating mode.
Plug-In Hybrid vehicles are designed to be powered solely by battery power for some period of time, significantly reducing gasoline consumption. The only infrastructure required to run the vehicle is a three-pronged extension cord for recharging the battery from a household electric outlet.
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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