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A123 Files Suit For Apple Poaching Battery Talent

Via an article on Law360, there’s a report that A123 Systems, the originally Waltham, Massachusetts-based battery company, now in Livonia, Michigan and owned by the Wanxiang Group (China), has filed a claim that Apple poached some of its battery development people:  “alleging Apple hired away five employees who developed new…

6 days ago by Ted Dillard 16

Google Doodle celebrating Alessandro Volta’s 270th Birthday

Alessandro Volta’s 270th Birthday on Google

February 18, 2015 was Alessandro Volta’s 270th birthday, and Google celebrated with this awesome animated “doodle” for the day.  Google keeps an archive of doodles, here, and you can read the details of how this was designed, here, in the artist Mark Holmes’s own words. It’s only Holmes’ second doodle…

1 week ago by Ted Dillard 2

Steve Levine: The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse: A Discussion of the Battery War (w/video)

On February 5, Viking released “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World”. The book “…follows a small group of scientists engaged in a battery war among four nations — the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea.” *Available for purchase on Amazon.com here Using the book…

2 weeks ago by Ted Dillard 8

Network Rail Train Has 6 Battery Rafts With About 1.1 mWh Of Estimated Capacity On Board

Battery Power Passenger Train Trial Now Underway In UK – Video

Currently, a trial run in the United Kingdom is seeing a battery power train charter passengers on a weekday service run  between Harwich International and Manningtree stations in Essex. The train, a modified Class 379 Electrostar, or  IPEMU (Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit) is the first battery powered train to run in…

2 weeks ago by Jay Cole 14

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Frost & Sullivan Selects A123 Systems As Its Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership Award Winner

“Based on its recent analysis of lithium-ion batteries for the transportation market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership.” States Frost & Sullivan, who adds: “The company combines advanced lithium-ion technology, R&D, strategic acquisitions…

3 weeks ago by Inside EVs Staff 6

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Boston-Power Targets Own Gigafactory

Boston-Power secured $290 million in “financial support” from Chinese government agencies in late 2014 to expand its battery factories to GWh levels. “The company claims that this latest funding event allows Boston-Power to grow its Liyang facility fivefold by 2016 and expand its Tianjin facility capacity to 4 gigawatt-hours by…

1 month ago by Mark Kane 14