Better Batteries through Biology

BETTER BATTERIES THROUGH BIOLOGY?

Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range. But bringing that promise to reality has faced a number of challenges, including the need to develop better, more More Info »

Vanderbilt Proposes Building Energy Storage Into Solar Cells

VANDERBILT PROPOSES BUILDING ENERGY STORAGE INTO SOLAR CELLS

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark. New research into silicon-based supercapacitors at Vanderbilt University shows that it’s possible. Supercapacitors have long been looked at as a potential alternative to batteries for energy storage, but they remain bulky and expensive More Info »

LUX RESEARCH: Coupled Solar and Energy Storage Market to Grow to $2.8B in 2018

THE COMBINED SOLAR & ENERGY STORAGE MARKET TO REACH $2.8 BILLION BY 2018

  Dominated by grid installations, this market segment will be a boon to energy storage producers but have only a modest impact on the solar market, Lux Research says BOSTON, MA – September 10, 2013 – Corporates playing in the solar and energy storage sectors have long dreamt of combining the two complementary technologies to differentiate products More Info »

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MIT’S CHEAPER, LARGER ENERGY STORAGE BATTERY

MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn’t rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The device, they say, may one day enable cheaper, large-scale energy storage. The palm-sized prototype generates three times as much power per square centimeter as other membraneless systems — a power density that is an More Info »

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INTERVIEW WITH MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES ABOUT THEIR ULTRACAPACITOR AND PROBLEMS OF LONGER TERM ENERGY STORAGE

A week ago, Maxwell Technologies announced they had been “been awarded a $1.39 million contract by the California Energy Commission’s Research and Development program to fund design and integration of an ultracapacitor-based energy storage system with Soitec’s CPV system located on the campus of University of California, San Diego—one of the nation’s greenest universities— and a More Info »

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UNZIP A CARBON NONOTUBE, FIND A GRAPHINE RIBBON, CREATE A “FLEXIBLE” LI-LION BATTERY

(The Following article was written by Tina Casey and originally published in Clean Technica) In what sounds like a solution in search of a problem, a few years ago researchers at Rice University figured out a way to create graphene ribbons by “unzipping” carbon nanotubes. Well, now it looks like a problem has been found, More Info »

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New 5 MW Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System for Intermittent Renewable Energy Sources

(The following article was written by Nathan and originally published in Clean Technica; Image Credit: Portland General Electric. Editors Note: The principle obstacle to renewable energies becoming the world’s main power supply is their intermittent nature. When we can store surplus energy for weeks, instead of hours, that obstacle largely disappears.) A new, state-of-the-art, 5 MW More Info »

Lux Research Finding the Perfect Partner

Global Grid Storage Market to Grow to $10.4 Billion in 2017

(The following article was written by Steve Minnihan, Sr. Analyst, Lux Research & is a press release from Lux Research; image above from Lux Research) Government entities and corporates solidify the global grid storage partnership web in the wake of catastrophic technology developer failures, Lux Research says. BOSTON, MA – May 28, 2013 – Strategic valuable partnerships are key to success for More Info »