Jan 19, 2021

StoreDot’s 5-minute charge batteries built on existing lines

StoreDot
Electric Vehicles
battery
autonomous vehicles
William Smith
2 min
StoreDot's batteries
The cells were produced on existing lithium-ion battery production lines operated by StoreDot’s Chinese partner EVE Energy...

Herzeliya, Israel-based StoreDot has announced the launch of a lithium-ion battery capable of charging in just five minutes.

The company’s so-called extremely fast charging (XFC) technology has been built into sample cells intended as a showcase to electric vehicle firms, with other potential uses in commercial drones and consumer electronics. The product has the potential of aiding in the adoption of electric vehicles by cutting down inconvenient charge times.

Commercial viability

Crucially, the cells were produced on existing lithium-ion battery production lines operated by StoreDot’s Chinese partner EVE Energy.

In a press release, Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, said: “StoreDot continues to go from strength to strength as we get one step closer to making our vision of 5-minute charging of EVs a commercial reality. Our team of top scientists has overcome inherent challenges of XFC such as safety, cycle life and swelling by harnessing innovative materials and cell design. Today's announcement marks an important milestone, moving XFC for the first time beyond innovation in the lab to a commercially-viable product that is scalable for mass production. This paves the way for the launch of our second-generation, silicon-dominant anode prototype battery for electric vehicles later this year."

Battery innovation ramps up

The company has previously received backing from the likes of BP, Daimler, Samsung Ventures and TDK. It’s not the first time it has demonstrated its five-minute charging technology, with previous examples of a two-wheeled electric vehicle in 2019 and a drone in 2020. This, however, is the first time the product has been “commercially viable”

StoreDot’s announcement comes as Tesla, the world’s most valuable automotive company, shared a video of the production line for its new “tabless” battery cell, known as the 4680. The company also put out a notice that it was seeking to recruit people to its battery division, which it said was key to achieving the transition to sustainable energy.

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Jun 24, 2021

Brave's new privacy-focused search engine is now in beta

Technology
Brave
searchengine
privacy
2 min
Brave, makers of the privacy-focused Brave browser, has launched their new search engine, Brave Search, in public global beta

Brave, the creator of a popular ad-blocking browser, has opened a public beta of its privacy-focused search engine, Brave Search. 

The search engine was previously announced in March when Brave acquired Tailcat, and since then there have been over 100,000 users who signed up for preview access and testing. Brave recently passed 32 million monthly active users (up from 25 million last March), and Brave Search is the latest product offered by the company in its suite of privacy-preserving tools. Brave already offers privacy-preserving Brave Ads, Brave News, and a Firewall+VPN service.

Brave Search is available in beta release globally on all Brave browsers (desktop, Android, and iOS) as one of the search options alongside other search engines, and will become the default search in the Brave browser later this year. It is also available from any other browser at search.brave.com

"Brave Search is the industry’s most private search engine, as well as the only independent search engine, giving users the control and confidence they seek in alternatives to big tech,” said Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave. 

“Unlike older search engines that track and profile users, and newer search engines that are mostly a skin on older engines and don’t have their own indexes, Brave Search offers a new way to get relevant results with a community-powered index, while guaranteeing privacy. Brave Search fills a clear void in the market today as millions of people have lost trust in the surveillance economy and actively seek solutions to be in control of their data,” added Eich.

How does Brave Search work?

Brave Search uses its own index and ensures ‘a fully anonymous search’. It is transparent in how search results are ranked and integrates with a privacy-preserving browser on desktop and mobile.

In order to present an alternative to big tech, Brave decided to build its own index rather than rent it from Google or Microsoft, as other smaller search engines are currently doing. Brave Search includes anonymised contributions from the community to improve and refine results. However, there are types of queries and certain areas such as image search, for which their results are not relevant enough yet, and in those cases, they are using APIs until they can expand their index. 

Brave Search is not displaying ads during this early part of the beta phase, but will offer options for both ad-free paid search and ad-supported free search later.

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