BMW, NTU set up joint research lab [News]
By Try Sutrisno Foo, Channel NewsAsia, 27 Apr 2013.
German carmaker BMW has set up a joint research lab with Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
For a start, the Future Mobility Research Lab will look into making longer lasting batteries for green cars.
The lab, located in NTU’s Research Techno Plaza, is the carmaker’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia.
The two sides are investing S$5.5 million over three years into the project.
Researchers will test new materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, which will be able to charge faster, have greater resistance to heat, are less flammable and have a longer lifespan.
The lab is doing is experimenting with the use of nano-structures such as nanotubes, nanopowders and nanofibres to aid in conducting the flow of lithium ions within a lithium-ion battery when charging and discharging.
Other new materials the university is looking into include lithium-air batteries, where the battery generates energy flow by making use of oxygen molecules while discharging and when recharging, generates oxygen.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia