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Coverage of batteries since November 17, 2023.

B.C. Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid owner hit with $15,000 electric battery cost Globalnews.ca

"...The non-profit organization, Car Help Canada, which helps consumers with purchasing a vehicle says when it comes to replacing an electric vehicle battery, drivers should be aware of the costs. “From what we’ve seen on average it’s reasonable to expect to replace a battery at a cost from anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 for most of the more popular electric vehicles. A hybrid vehicle – it’s realistic to expect anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 best case scenario,” Shari Prymak executive director of Car Help Canada said..."

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S&P/TSX composite led higher by financial stocks Wednesday, U.S. markets mixed Globalnews.ca

"...Canada's main stock index posted a small gain Wednesday, led higher by financials and battery metals, while U. S. markets were mixed..."

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Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize Globalnews.ca

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."

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Foreign workers at subsidized EV battery plant a

"...NextStar Energy Inc. says it expects upwards of 900 foreign workers to help build its heavily subsidized electric vehicle battery plant in Windsor, Ont. The head of Canada's Building Trades Unions calls the move “a slap in the face” and an “insult to Canadian taxpayers..."

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City of Edmonton's electric bus fleet plagued with issues, over half not in service

"...Many of the drivers would ask to be switched off the electric bus shifts and have filed complaints with the Workers Compensation Board, the union said. The electric vehicles only make up a small percentage of the city's 1,000-bus fleet, but more than half aren't on the road. The city paid more than $1 million for each bus and ordered 60 from U..."

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Used EV batteries power up California solar farm

"...Electric vehicle batteries are typically replaced when they reach 70 to 80 percent of their capacity, largely because the range they provide at that point begins to dwindle. Almost all of the critical materials inside them, including lithium, nickel, and cobalt, are reusable. A growing domestic recycling industry, supported by billions of dollars in loans from the Energy Department and incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, is being built to prepare for what will one day be tens of millions of retired EV battery packs..."

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Fourth Polish city buying fuel cell buses: Solaris to provide Urbino 12 hydrogen to Wałbrzych

"...Solaris will deliver 20 12-meter hydrogen buses to the Polish city of Wałbrzych. The contract includes an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles. The first 14 units will be delivered to Wałbrzych in September 2024..."

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Decarbonizing Freight: How U.S. Policies and Investments Are Reducing Emissions in the Sector

"...Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States.  Freight emissions are an increasing share of total sector emissions, rising from 24% in 1990 to 32% in 2021. They were 60% greater than they were in 1990 in absolute terms..."

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Governments rush to work out how many foreign workers coming to Windsor battery plant Globalnews.ca

"...The NextStar battery plant currently under construction in Windsor has been promised $15 billion in performance incentives from the federal and provincial governments. It has been held up by both as a massive boost to the local economy. As Global News previously reported, however, the project has already brought in a handful of South Korean workers to staff the new plant, raising concerns about its promises to create local jobs..."

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Electric car shock: Ontario man told new battery would cost more than $50,000 Globalnews.ca

"...McCarthy said the case “should have been escalated immediately for additional review. ”“We sincerely apologize to Mr. Sooch for these lapses in communication and service,” she said..."

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Hero: Volvo ditches diesel and revs up electric car sales Corporate Knights

"...Though just 3. 5% of Ford’s revenue came from manufacturing electric vehicles in 2022, it poured more than US$2. 1 billion into EV production last year and says it plans to invest US$50 billion by the end of 2026, with hopes of producing two million EVs a year..."

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Jobs in batteries

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Utility Maintenance Technician

"...waste and byproducts from batteries are disposed according to Occupational Health Safety..."

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Préposé à la balance

"...circular economy of batteries and create value for customers throughout North America..."

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Contracts Manager

"...We make flow batteries that store energy in a liquid electrolyte containing vanadium..."

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Technicien ou technicienne, Développement de nouveaux matériaux pour les batteries

"...National Research Council Canada / NRC (Ottawa ON): Contribuez à la réalisation de travaux de recherche stratégiques et poursuivez une carrière prometteuse au Conseil national de recherches du Canada (CNRC), la plus grande organisation de recherche et..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention batteries.

BE 40. Anton Paar - Battery Materials Characterization

Duration: 44:14

"...Anton Paar develops, produces, and distributes highly accurate laboratory instruments, and process measuring systems, and provides custom-tailored automation and robotics solutions worldwide..."

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MN 49. RAILVEYOR - Makes Material Haulage Emission-free, Battery-free, & Autonomous

Duration: 52:59

"...Railveyor Technologies Global Inc..."

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Moving grain with battery power: Convey-All rolls out quiet electric conveyor

Duration: 2:38

"...The same batteries that power electric cars could be used to move crops, as Convey-All debuted a prototype battery-powered conveyor at the 2022 Ag in Motion farm show..."

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“Mini Combine” designed to save time and fuel when moisture testing

Duration: 2:13

"...A Western Canadian company known for its combine drop pan is bringing another harvest quality tool to the North American market..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about batteries.

How you should recycle your vape

"...Vapes usually end up to regular household trash – and that is dangerous! FDA says e-cigarettes belong to hazardous waste facilities and the batteries into electric recycling..."

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Why This Accidental Battery Breakthrough Matters

"...Lithium sulfur batteries may be the holy grail of energy storage..."

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Petrol Cars Dirtier, Tesla's Secret Battery & Indian Solar | Fully Charged

"...Could Solar Farms in the Sahara be a Renewable Energy dream or a global climate nightmare? Are things looking up for Texas with news that Tesla are plugging in a secret mega-battery to the grid? Will Electric Trucks be able to go long distance with a heavy load and replace diesel for good? ..."

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How Old EV Batteries are Perfect for Energy Storage

"...Lithium battery recycling is improving, but it's still far from where it needs to be..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about batteries relevant to the latest news.

Overview of India?s Battery-Swapping and Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

"...EVs have a number of advantages, including increasing the use of clean energy by using less oil and fossil fuels, helping to meet climate change commitments by reducing harmful emissions, reducing pollution lower public risks, and the introduction of new technologies leads to infrastructure and economic growth..."

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Advanced Perovskite Solar Cells

"...Solar energy can be converted into effective energy such as heat energy through photoelectric conversion because it doesn?t produce harmful gases, solid waste, and other pollutants in the conversion process..."

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Advancement in Electric Vehicles and Battery Technology and Their Impact on the Global and Indian Market

"...The global rising greenhouse gas emission (GHG) rate and the improving technology for more efficient automobiles have given electric vehicles a significant boost and penetrative scope on international markets..."

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Energy storage techniques, applications, and recent trends: A sustainable solution for power storage

"...The utilization of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery in hybrid propulsion systems for marine applications, as well as the creation of a high energy density portable/mobile hydrogen energy storage system with an electrolyzer, a metal hydride, and a fuel cell are both covered in detail with a case study..."

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Multi-objective Optimization Energy Management Strategy for Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles During Vehicle Following

"...With the advancements in automotive automation and network connectivity technologies, achieving optimal co-optimization of driving safety, driving comfort, fuel economy and energy sources durability remains a great challenge for fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles (FCHEV)..."

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Off-Grid Green Hydrogen Production Systems

"...The integration of green hydrogen produced by water electrolysis into a smart energy system ?or a smart grid?, is considered a promising solution to overcome the handicaps of the renewable electricity production and certain hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors..."

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Assessing Control of Battery-Supercapacitor Hybrid Storage System in Photovoltaic Based DC Microgrid

"..., battery and supercapacitor (SC) have strong application in a DC microgrid to balance the power flow between renewable energy source i..."

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Different Strategies for Estimation of State of Charge for Battery Packs of Electric Vehicle

"...Because EVs use electrical energy to drive their motors efficiently, environmental researchers are paying close attention to the development of electric vehicles..."

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Theoretical Comparison and Machine Learning Based Predictions on Li-Ion Battery?s Health Using NASA-Battery Dataset

"...Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are rechargeable batteries used for a variety of electronic devices, which range from electric vehicles, smartphones, and even satellites..."

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A Cascade Fractional Type-II Fuzzy Control Approach for Enhancing Frequency Stability in a Smart Grid System with Diverse Energ

"...Hence, this paper presents a novel quasi-opposition arithmetic optimization algorithm (QOAOA) optimized cascade interval type-II fuzzy proportional?integral?derivative (IT2FPID)-fractional order PI controller with DR and HESS of super-capacitor and redox flow battery (RFB) for suppressing the variations of frequency and tie-line power in a two-area restructure smart grid system, where the proficiency of the new optimization algorithm (QOAOA) is confirmed by relating its figure of demerit with other present algorithms..."

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Redox flow batteries and their stack-scale flow fields

"...To achieve carbon neutrality, integrating intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, necessitates the use of large-scale energy storage..."

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