Monday, 29 June 2015

Micro transparent ultra thin batteries luanched with 10 microns thickness

In our lives, we have become accustomed to a variety of different types of batteries, from AA to AAA battery, and the tablet battery applicated on various calculators and watches, as well as smart phones square lithium battery.But these batteries are not light and thin enough,while the thickness of the capacity and products is also a very big limitation. But now  there is a holographic micro battery come out. This ultra thin battery is different from the traditional batteries with only 10 microns thickness.

In fact, researchers and major companies have been a long time dedicated to the next generation of the development of new battery technology, and this new holographic micro-battery is very worthy of attention.The engineer teams of Illinois University show the prototype of the battery, its width is only 2 mm, thickness of only 10 microns.

This cell's area is ​​only 4 mm2, while only 12% performance degradation.The researchers said that this battery can be able to integrate with current manufacturing technology, perfect for large-scale applications in the microelectronics and chips, medical implants sensors and wireless transmitters, etc included. And this is definitely regarded as a big step forward in the field of battery technology.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

3D printing lithium batteries become a reality

In the past few years, 3D printing technology has quietly come to our side, and we have been able to see the use of 3D printing technology created some amazing products. Because 3D technology impress us that has been using 3D technology to print a variety of items for the past 10 years. Now, it's been a reality to be able to  print batteries by using 3D printing technology.

In the past years, 3D printing battery has caused many problems. However this can be achieved currently, new ink and 3D tool now makes printing lithium-ion battery a reality. Technology Review recently visited Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University materials scientist, to see her progress on a 3D printed batteries, although it is in the early stages, but it seems that we will not wait too long time until we print out a pair of battery .

Lewis uses a technology, which uses a series of "functional inks can be cured into a battery and simple components, including electrodes, wires and antennas." These ingredients then deposited by high pressure extruder has a very high precision, and then forced out of the ink at room temperature. The material is then dried quickly to form a necessary part of the printing 3D battery only takes a few minutes. Now, the next step is to see how long they last.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Apple settle employee-poaching lawsuit with A123 System

A lawsuit that alleged Apple violated non-compete clauses after it hired five emplyees from A123 System have been settled by Apple.

A123 has agreed to abolish its complaint and abandon the appropriate to appeal, according to cloister abstracts filed Monday in the U.S. District Cloister for the District of Massachusetts. The agreement of the adjustment are confidential.

The companies aloft the achievability of clearing the case in March. At that time, Apple asked the cloister for added time to acknowledge to A123's motions back it was "exploring abeyant resolution of this matter," according to cloister filings.

Last month, Apple and A123 said in addition cloister filing that they were abutting to a accord but bare addition borderline addendum to complete a final adjustment agreement.

A123 sued Apple in February claiming it poached top aptitude from the Waltham, Massachusetts, aggregation to bureaucracy a array division. The batteries, A123 alleged, would be acclimated to ability the electric car that Apple is accounted to be developing. The accident of those workers, which included two key engineers, acquired A123 to shut down some of its capital projects, the aggregation claimed. The accusation added belief that Apple is alive on a vehicle.

After entering defalcation in 2012, a lot of of A123's business was awash to Wanxiang Group, a Chinese automotive allotment manufacturer.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Tesla upgrades power output of its home battery with the same prices

Tesla announced today thatit will upgrade its line of home Powerwall batteries to more than double their initial output with the same price.

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this decision to boost the power output of the batteries followed some "negative" feedback after the Powerwall products were first announced.

"We actually took some of the negative feedback to heart, and I'm happy to announce we've dramatically increased the power capability of the Powerwall," Musk told investors at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, Calif. today.

Musk said, the Powerwall batteries will go from having a two-kilowatt (kW) steady power output and 3.3kW peak output to a 5kW steady output and 7kW peak output.

It will keep the same price of the batteries: $3,000 for the 7kW/hour (KWh) daily cycle version and $3,500 for the 10kWh backup UPS version.

"The daily cycler is sort of more about economics or getting off the grid completely, whereas the backup UPS is just there to ensure your house has power if there's ever a power outage," Musk said.

Homeowners who've signed up for solar panel installations or homes that already have them will receive "priority" treatment for delivery of the new Powerwall batteries, Musk said.

"It doesn't have to be SolarCity," Musk quipped, referring to the largest U.S. installer of residential solar systems, of which Musk is the chairman. "SolarCity is, of course, preferred, if you like the best."

Musk explained the "preferential" treatment has to do with the fact that solar systems already have direct current to alternating current inverters, which enable the Powerwalls to be more easily installed.

"We're also going to be prioritizing delivery of the Powerwall to partners that minimize the cost to the end user," he said. "So that the net result is we're expecting people to be able to purchase and install the Powerwall for about $4,000."

The Powerwall batteries, announced in May, are about 51-in. x 34-in. x 7.5-in. in size. The batteries come with a 10-year warranty.

Up to nine Powerwall battery units can be daisy-chained together on a wall to provide up to 90kWh of power. The average U.S. household uses about 20 kWh to 25 kWh of power every day, according to GTM Research.

Tesla announced last year that it partnered with Panasonic to make its lithium-ion batteries in what it calls "Gigafactories," the first one of which is under construction in Reno, Nevada.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

10 tips to make Apple Watch life last longer


It's not really a problem for me that the run out of my Apple Watch battery life. This is never an issue for me. But it doesn't mean that you shouldn’t know how to get more out of your battery. Here's what to do...


You should disable those snippets of information you get when you swipe your Apple Watch grab data from your iPhone. Although these information don't use too much energy, but just do so if you will need more battery life. Do so in My Watch>Glances, where you just need to tap the red minus button beside any less important apps.


Turn off unwanted notifications – this makes sense because each new notification you receive will launch the Taptic Engine, which uses a little power to give you motion feedback. Limit notifications to only your most essential info in My Watch>Notifications where you can flick those you don’t need to mirror to off.


Reduce Transparency and use the Reduce Motion tool in My Watch>General> Accessibility, you will lose some of the visual appeal of the product but you might get a few critical minutes.

Turn your Apple Watche display to Grayscale in My Watch>General>Accessibility, this can same a lot of power.


Launch the Settings app on your watch, open Sounds & Haptics and turn Prominent Haptics to Off. You may also save a little more power by reducing Haptic Strength using the slide control in Sounds & Haptics. My Watch>Sounds & Haptics is the place to go to limit the energy your watch uses giving you haptic feedback.

Volume & brightness

Reduce Alert Volume and display brightness in the Sounds & Haptic settings to make your watch a little longer. You can do so on either your watch or iPhone.


Disable the automatically download any aiavilable Apple Watch equivalents of any apps you have installed on your iPhone. You can do so in General> Automatic Downloads, toggle the Automatically Download Apps button to off.


Your Watch uses power when it tracks your workouts using its built-in sensors. Launch My Watch>Workout and toggle Show Goal Metric to off and enable Power saving Mode to disable the heart rate sensor. While doing so means calorie burn calculations will be less accurate, you will save a little more battery life.

Airplane Mode

Enabling this mode (in the Connected frame) on your Apple Watch or iPhone will immediately apply it to the companion device. You will still be able to use some apps but you will no longer receive messages, alerts or calls on either device.

Power Reserve

Your last option to keep your watch working, Power Reserve, is accessed when you  press the side button on the Watch until the power dialog appears. Just tap Power Reserve to enable this – now your Apple Watch will only do one thing for you, tell the time. But perhaps that’s all you needed, after all.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Daimler commits to release its own line of home batteries to take on Tesla

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and smart parent company, has announced that it will release its own line of batteries for homes and small businesses within this year. The batteries will be available exclusively in Germany initially, but Daimler wants to gradually expand the market to other European countries and, possibly, the United States in the medium-term future.

Daimler executives explained quickly that the decision to enter the home battery market isn’t a direct response to Tesla’s recent announcement. The company outsources production of the lithium-ion battery packs found its in hybrids and electric vehicles to a wholly-owned subsidiary called Accumotive, which has also been building high-capacity battery packs for large commercial and industrial applications since 2012.
Chemically speaking, Daimler’s home battery is closely related to the lithium-ion battery packs found in the company’s cars. The battery works just like Tesla’s: Ideally mounted on a wall, it can be charged during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper and turned on during peak hours when it is more expensive. Two or more batteries can be combined if extra capacity is needed, and homeowners looking to seriously trim their power bill can link the installation to solar panels or wind turbines.

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