1. The Dyson Electric Car with Solid-State Battery

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    It has recently been reported that James Dyson, British innovator and entrepreneur, could bring a formidable electric car to the market. Dyson has already delivered brilliantly designed, market-applauded vacuum cleaners, washing machines, cooling and heating fans, hand blowers and more. Dyson’s company filed patents for a solid-state lithium battery that could stretch electric cars’ range to hundreds of miles and increase automobile battery safety. In March, a government document revealed funding to help Dyson develop ‘a new battery electric vehicle.’ Dyson...
  2. Dimming Windows! Bzzz…Windows Light, Bzzz…Windows Dark

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    A colleague of mine recently took his first flight on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner the other week. On boarding, he immediately flipped me an e-mail touting the “really cool windows” – ones that did away with a pull-down plastic shade and replaced it with a larger, dimming window that can be adjusted to let in various amounts of light. And not to disappoint, he also asked “how do they do that…are there any advanced materials in the glass?!” In simple...
  3. Tin is finding growing role in new, efficient technologies

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    Tin is traditionally thought of as a material used in tinplating, solders, glass making and in alloys such as bronze and pewter. However, more recently, tin has established a higher-tech profile through its inclusion in the transparent metal indium tin oxide (ITO), which is often used in touchscreens and on airplane windows. “Traditional” no more…tin is now being used in a number of innovative, advanced technologies.   Indium tin oxide for future light-based electronics It has been proven that the...
  4. Breakthrough on efficiency issues in lithium-air batteries

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    Lithium-ion batteries have transformed our everyday lives, however, durability and robustness of their cells are still some of the biggest issues preventing electric cars from being used by more people. The longest-lasting electric vehicles running on commercial lithium-ion batteries can run for about 160 kilometres. Range anxiety has tended to keep all-electric vehicles confined to local, urban areas.  Reducing costs relative to gas-powered vehicles is another key issue. As previously shared on Rare Metals Matter, scientists have been seeking solutions in...
  5. Lithium Links

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    We’re bringing you some recent exciting news from the lithium sector with this edition of Lithium Links. While perhaps everyone has heard of the well-known players in the sector (Tesla!), there is a lot more going on in this rapidly growing area that maybe does not receive the media attention it deserves – numerous new players are rapidly entering the space. Dyson, perhaps best known for making a fantastic, technologically advanced vacuum, is rumoured to be working on an electric car...

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