A joint venture between Johnson Controls and Saft Advanced Power Solutions is developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles. General Motors tapped the technology for potential use in its Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid SUV. Lithium-ion technology offers advantages in packaging, energy storage and energy-delivery performance compared to the NiMH batteries used in hybrids today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium is supporting the project, predicting the extended range that comes with longer battery life will enhance the attraction of hybrids.
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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