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Michael Murphy appointed Vice President of Advancement at Imperial
The impossible dream: perfecting smartphone battery life. Dr. Billy Wu talks about the challenges in improving energy density.
Charged issue. Dr. Billy Wu talks about how phone batteries work – and why some explode.
Dr. Billy Wu speaks on the BBC Radio 4 inside science programme on how lithium-ion batteries work.
Batteries take 20-30 years to scale up, but there are enough developments in the pipeline to deliver some impressive improvements in the short term.
Inductive or wireless charging is the only way to fully electrify all road transport, but faces considerable barriers due to infrastructure requirements.
Dr Gregory Offer comments in Chemistry World on a materials development out of Stanford University that potentially makes lithium ion batteries far safer.
Dr Billy Wu, and Prof Dan Brett (Group Alumni) are interviewed by China Daily about Formula E about to start its second season in Beijing.
Autonomous vehicles are going to be a true technology revolution and will fundamentally change our transport systems and the automotive industry.
Tesla is doing so well because people like new. They like the idea of being the first, the ones who changed the world, even the ones who saved it.
Hopefully within three years the industry can blow away the hydrogen and fuel cell skeptics.
History teaches us that a technology that gets to market first can be very hard to dislodge, even by something superior.
For many students, involvement in a university race team is not just desirable - it's necessary in order to get the best graduate jobs.
We need to design zero and low emission cars that are affordable for the masses, right now.
The autonomous vehicle revolution has begun and many agree that they will be around within the next decade or two.
The economics of batteries are important, but $/kWh is misleading as it doesn't take into account lifetime and durability.
As we use up the worlds natural resources, we have no choice but to embrace alternative ways to power cars.
We shouldn't just focus on building hybrid and electric vehicles as quickly as we can, we also need to think about how they are going to be used.
The market for lithium batteries is expected to grow five-fold by 2020.
Biofuels will re-emerge as a contender but not as we currently know them, and this decade will be the battle of the range extenders and plug-in hybrids.
I applaud Riversimple’s approach because, quite frankly, new and innovative upstart companies doing things differently are the fastest way to force the pace of change.
Rare earth metal supply is far more of a concern for electric vehicles than lithium supply which is pretty abundant.
The biggest feather in the electric vehicle cap versus other alternative engine technologies is that the refuelling infrastructure already exists, with power sockets in every building.
Ten people could be fed for a year from the first-generation biofuels used to drive 10,000 miles – a staggering statistic, when you consider global food production.
Refuelling infrastructure will require huge investment, but on a scale that is peanuts for major energy companies, and hydrogen is a much more attractive proposition.