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Planar Energy, a spin-off of the National Renewable Energy Laboratories, has quietly been developing solid-state battery technology and remains convinced that the future of electric vehicle batteries is solid-state technology. The Orlando-based company believes that its solid-state design could potentially offer more power output and higher energy storage density than a typical lithium ion battery. As Planar Energy notes, typical lithium ion batteries lack stability and longevity due to undesira

A team led by Dr. Sean McGrady at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in Canada is claiming to have made a breakthrough in developing solid state hydrogen storage. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to the use of hydrogen as an energy storage medium for vehicles is safely and efficiently storing the hydrogen. A lot of work is being done by companies such ECD Ovonics on storing the hydrogen dissolved in a solid. McGrady's team is working with a company called HSM System