Ardica is developing a thin and flat fuel cell battery, which can give devices seven days worth of run time on a single charge.
“We intend to double our efficiency next year and the year after as well,” Debroca said. “Going from 20 percent more battery life to 50 percent is a rational objective.”
New York marketing manager Shibani Bhujle says her iPhone spontaneously combusted, burning her fingers, and then oozed acid when she tried to remove the battery.
Starting Monday, lithium-ion batteries — the same kind used in your laptop — won’t be allowed in the cargo holds of some international flights.
City Labs, a small company near Miami, Florida, has launched the first commercial tritium battery, NanoTritium. The size of your thumb, it can last for 20 years or more, withstand temperature ranges of -50 to 150 degrees Celsius, and can handle pressures and vibration that would destroy ordinary batteries.
Blogger Michael DeGusta sparked a minor uproar in the electric vehicle community this week when he posted about the “devastating design flaw” that he said left many Tesla cars “bricked:” their batteries depleted, unable to move, with the only repair being a new $40,000 battery.
Handheld gaming can be great fun, but not so much when your console battery dies mid-flight. A dedicated gamer who goes by the name “kurekureyon” has put both the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita to the test this week, comparing their battery life to the PSP-3000 handheld.
iPhone 4S owners still facing battery issues after Apple’s recent iOS update can rest a bit easier. A recent test shows that the problem could still be fixed with future software updates, ZDNet reports.
If you missed out on the initial shipment of the iPhone 4S, you may want to count yourself lucky.
A seasoned security hacker who spent seven months figuring out how to hack a laptop battery disclosed his findings today at the Black Hat security conference. Charlie Miller, who specializes in hacking Apple software, figured out how to remotely control a battery and do some damage to it such as “bricking it” – or incapacitating it – from afar.
Aquion Energy, a maker of sodium-ion batteries that can store large amounts of electricity, has raised $20 million of a roughly $30 million round that includes Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Foundation Capital as investors, according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Less than a fifth of electric car buyers listed the price tag of an electric car as the most important factor when deciding to make the purchase, according to a new report by management consulting firm Accenture.
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Here are the top cleantech stories we’re following today on the GreenBeat:
Siemens has purchased building management firm SureGrid, Green Tech Media reports. The acquisition is a sign of interest in building efficiency startups, which make software that integrates into building management systems created by big companies like Siemens and Honeywell. There’s also an overall trend of conglomeration within the smart grid sector, the article notes, and highlights a few startups as potential acquisition targets: Audra Technologies, Building IQ, Hara, Optimum Energy, Lumenergi and Redwood Systems.
Battery company Ener1 is selling $20 million in stock as part of efforts to expand capacity at its plants, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Ener1 batteries are geared towards electric vehicle use. The company announced a $65 million capital raise earlier this month. It has raised over $160 million in equity so far and also earned a government grant.
A123 opens largest lithium-ion battery plant in the U.S. The Livonia, Mich. plant will expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities by up to 600 megawatt-hours per year, with the goal of ramping up to a total 760M megawatt-hours by next year’s end. The announcement comes one year after A123 was awarded a $249 million grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As GigaOm notes, A123’s IPO last year opened at $17 per share but now trades at less than $10 per share. Another Michigan-based battery player, Sakti3, made news last week for winning a $3.2 million investment from the venture capital arm of GM.
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EEStor, the obsessively secret company backed by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, will unveil its new battery technology this year — promising to make electric vehicles much more compelling.