In brief: Rolls-Royce bets on new battery tech, EA issues radioactive waste standard

Also in the news, Rolls-Royce bets on new super-dielectric battery technology, EA specifies new radioactive waste rule, school polluted by asbestos work and call to phase-out fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2030

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New battery technology could revolutionise the electric vehicle marketĀ 

Rolls-Royce puts weight behind new super-dielectric battery technology

Engineering giant Rolls-Royce is joining the scramble to develop new batteries that could address the shortcomings of existing technology. Working with a company called Superdielectrics and building on studies at the universities of Surrey and Bristol, it proposes to use hydrophilic polymers, originally developed for soft contact lenses, to create a capacitor with dielectric properties 1,000 to 10,000 times greater than conventional electrolyte solutions, according to a report in The Engineer. (TR)

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