Chengdu unveils futuristic suspension railway

China has launched its first suspension railway. The futuristic trains went into trail-service at the end of November in Chengdu, Sichuan. According to Chinese media, the railway is “the world’s first new-energy suspension railway.” The black-and-white carriages look like pandas, the animal that is native in Sichuan.  The new transportation method, named Read more…

China flicked the EV switch

A decade ago BYD was mainly known as an OEM battery manufacturer. Many famous mobile phone brands were their customers, including the world’s number one phone brand Nokia. The first time I looked into BYD’s electric vehicle (EV) activities was 2006. When I visited their Shenzhen headquarters I was impressed Read more…

China continuing its advances with graphene material

China created graphene material with both super compressive elasticity and near-zero Poisson’s ratio. Important to mention is that they could do so in a manner focussed on bulk fabrication; using scalable self-assembly of randomly oriented graphene sheets into additive-free, homogenous graphene materials that possess cork-like and rubber-like properties. The paper of the research has Read more…

Carbon-nanotube paper electrodes for lithium–sulfur batteries

In yet another Chinese publication about advancements in lithium–sulfur (Li-S) batteries a research team from the Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology, part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University, explains how they created a free-standing carbon nanotube (CNT) paper electrode with a high sulfur loading for lithium-sulfur batteries. This Read more…