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BioSolar, a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, announced successful internal tests of a proprietary additive that can improve the performance of silicon anodes in general. Company discovers that an additive to improve its own silicon anode can be used to boost performance of all other types of silicon anodes.

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In a unanimous vote, the Board of Los Angeles Metro, one of the largest transportation systems in the United States, voted today to award a contract for 60 40-foot all-electric buses to local manufacturer BYD. This is among the largest single contracts for electric buses in US history, and will directly lead to 59 new manufacturing jobs at the BYD factory in Lancaster, California.

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Siemens and The AES Corporation announced their agreement to form a new global energy storage technology and services company under the name Fluence.

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Year after year, Yole Développement has increased its forecasts for the value and the growth of the SiC power device and module markets – and it’s again true in our new report “Power SiC 2017: Materials, Devices, Modules and Applications”. Now we at Yole expect that the SiC power device market will reach more than $1B in 2022, which would constitute a 28% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next five years. This growth is almost seven times faster than the overall power electronic industry.

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Czech Republic, ABB has supplied its fast-charging station for electric vehicles to the new Lidl store in Barrandov, Prague. The Terra 53 CJG fast-charging station includes a special ABB application that uses the capabilities of ABB Ability™ digital offering, allowing DC-based charging network monitoring and control.

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SiC power business is concrete and real, with a promising outlook... That is what Yole Développement’s analysts said in 2016. The trend has not changed in 2017 and even more, the SiC industry is going further. Therefore, end users are trying SiC and building prototypes for concrete and promising projects. “SiC technology’s added value is today widely understood and accepted by the power electronics community”, comments Dr Hong Lin, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement (Yole). “We are gradually going from the customer awareness and education stage to the customer trial and adoption stage. And this is especially true for SiC transistors.”

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