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Technological Breakthroughs in Batteries and Storage
- Future of electric cars hinges on better batteries
Current batteries are expensive and have limited range, making it hard to drive from San Jose to San Francisco and back without stopping to recharge. Experts agree consumers will never fully embrace electric vehicles until they can travel as far as a gas-powered car on a single charge.
Oct. 7, 2011 - Dana Hull - mercurynews.com
Electric cars are a game-changing technology with an Achilles' heel — the battery.
Large scale energy storage technologies to capitalise on renewables
Sep 21, 2011 - engineerlive.com
All Western European countries have targets aimed at boosting the contribution of renewable energy. Such high use of renewable energy is possible through efficient energy storage methods, creating huge opportunities for market growth.
Molten Metal Batteries Return for Renewable Energy Storage
Feb 6, 2011 - Peter Behr and ClimateWire - ScientificAmerican.com
New ideas for making sodium sulfur batteries could make them the answer for taming the variability of wind and solar power
MIT Harnesses Molecule Power
Mar 8, 2010 - Michael Kanellos -greentechmedia
In the future, we could be helped by flaming nanotubes and hot plastics.
Breakthrough in Energy Storage: Isentropic Energy
Feb 23, 2010 - Eric Wesoff - greentechmaedia.com
Isentropic Energy’s pumped-heat electrical energy storage could disrupt the large-scale electrical energy storage market.
Integrates Additional MW of Flywheel Storage on New England Grid
21, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Beacon Power Corporation has successfully
connected and integrated an additional megawatt (MW) of flywheel energy storage
on the New England power grid. This brings the company's total installed capacity
to 3 MW, all of which are operation and earning revenue from frequency regulation
Batteries for a new energy future
Mar 22, 2009 - ScienceDaily
Researchers at the Maryland NanoCenter at the University of Maryland have
developed new systems for storing electrical energy derived from alternative sources
that are, in some cases, 10 times more efficient than what is commercially available.
panelists see car battery breakthrough
Jul 21, 2008 - The Associated
The lithium-ion battery, already a fixture in personal electronic
devices, soon will become the answer to high oil prices and environmental concerns
as it bulks up to power rechargeable electric vehicles, government, university
and industry panelists predicted Monday.
green-tech startup whispers a eulogy for the battery
Sep 3, 2007 -
The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas: Millions of inventions pass quietly
through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until
energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell
for the internal combustion engine.
Plug-in hybrids could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Jul 19, 2007
- Ken Thomas - Associated Press
If motorists used rechargeable "plug-in"
hybrid-electric vehicles in large numbers, the U.S. could see a significant drop
in greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century, says a study released
and Southern California Edison Partner on PHEV Research
Jul 13, 2007
- Clean Edge News
Ford and Southern California Edison are combining
resources to explore ways to make plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles more accessible
to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and improve the cost-effectiveness
of the nation's electricity grid.
battery packs powerful punch
Jul 5, 2007 - Paul Davidson -USA TODAY
Batteries have long been vital to laptops and cellphones. They are increasingly
supplying electricity to an unlikely recipient: the power grid itself. Until recently,
large amounts of electricity could not be efficiently stored. Thus, when you turn
on the living-room light, power is instantly drawn from a generator. A new type
of a room-size battery, however, may be poised to store energy for the nation's
vast electric grid almost as easily as a reservoir stockpiles water, transforming
the way power is delivered to homes and businesses.
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