DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around […]

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Researchers create flexible battery that can run on salt water

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 by

Hoxton/Ryan Lees via Getty Images When it comes to making batteries for wearables or implantable medical devices, there are a few features that have to be incorporated. The batteries need to be flexible and remain functional while being bent or twisted, and ideally, they’ll be absent of harmful chemicals. So far, batteries developed for these uses don’t […]

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Revolutionary Graphene Polymer Batteries for Electric Cars

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by

According to a report from a Chinese website, The Spanish Graphenano, along with the University of Cordoba and Grabat Energy, developed a polymeric graphene battery, especially suited for electric cars, that will be cheaper and lighter than conventional batteries and will run 1000km on a 10 minute charge. Graphenano claims that this revolutionary battery will […]

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Fast-charging everlasting battery power from graphene

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by

Swinburne University researchers have invented a new, flexible energy-storage technology that could soon replace the batteries in our cars, phones and more.  Han Lin’s new super battery (actually, a supercapacitor) can store as much energy per kilogram as a lithium battery, but charges in minutes, or even seconds, and uses carbon instead of expensive lithium. […]

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The Biggest, Strangest ‘Batteries’

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

What if you need a battery? A really big one — big enough to run a city? It’s a question that inventors have been tackling for decades. No one wants the fridge, or the hospital, going on the blink when demand surges or the power plant needs repairs. It turns out to be a surprisingly […]

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Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like […]

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Stanford Engineers Designed a Low-Cost Battery For Storing Renewable Energy

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Stanford University researchers have created a new battery that could change the way we look at renewable energy storage forever. The team used urea, an affordable, natural, and readily-available material present in mammal urine and fertilizers to create a battery that is significantly more efficient than past versions. Stanford chemistry professor Hongjie Dai and doctoral candidate Michael […]

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India looks to batter storage to supplement its solar boom

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

Written by: Mike Stone. Posted on: March 14, 2016 For the first time ever, India is putting out the call for energy storage developers. The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is seeking bids for a 750-megawatt solar park at Ananthapuramu in Andhra Pradesh. In order to supplement the massive series of projects, […]

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Tesla moves beyond electric cars with new California battery farm

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by

From the road, the close to 400 white industrial boxes packed into 1.5 acres of barren land in Ontario, California, a little more than 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, look like standard electrical equipment. They’re surrounded by a metal fence, stand on concrete pads and sit under long electrical lines. But take a […]

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Tesla’s massive batteries are powering everything from exotic islands to breweries

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by

In November, Tesla announced it was powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa using solar power and packs of its massive commercial battery, the Powerpack 2. The announcement, made just a few days after Tesla acquired SolarCity, showed a bigger push by the automaker to grow its energy business. Although Tesla has yet […]

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