Research and Development

A salt bath could boost next gen batteries for electric cars

CSIRO, RMIT and Queensland University of Technology are currently working on developing a “salt bath” that stabilise lithium metal foils and increase battery life and performance for electric cars - image courtesy of CSIRO.
Posted on 16 Jun 2016 by Tim Brown
Scientists from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in collaboration with Melbourne's RMIT University and the Queensland University of Technology, have demonstrated that pre-treating a battery’s lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety.

Confusion over Industry 4.0 shackling UK industry

Industry 4.0 digitisation of manufacturing Technology
Only 8% of UK manufacturers have a significant understanding of Industry 4.0 processes, despite 59% recognising that it will have a big impact on the sector, according to a new report published today by accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).