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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From liquid air to supercapacitors, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017 by

“It doesn’t always rain when you need water, so we have reservoirs – but we don’t have the same system for electricity,” says Jill Cainey, director of the UK’s Electricity Storage Network. But that may change in 2016, with industry figures predicting a breakthrough year for a technology not only seen as vital […]

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Mercedes-Benz Launches a US Energy Storage Company

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by

We knew the Mercedes-Benz residential battery would be coming to the shores of America in early 2017. Now we know it will arrive with a whole new company. Parent company Daimler AG has created Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC to sell stationary storage of all sizes to the U.S. market. Like Tesla, this is a […]

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UCI Student Accidently Creates A Rechargeable Battery That Lasts 400 Years

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by

A recent discovery at the University of California, Irvine by doctoral student Mya Le Thai. A team of researchers at UCI had been experimenting with nanowires for potential use in batteries, but found that over time the thin, fragile wires would break down and crack after too many charging cycles. A charge cycle is when […]

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Inside Tesla’s gigantic Gigafactory

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more […]

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Stretchy ‘origami batteries’ could power smart clothing

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by

Stretchy batteries inspired by origami could power smartwatches and other wearable electronics, researchers say. Increasingly, scientists worldwide are developing flexible electronics, such as video displays and solar panels, that could one day make their way into clothing and even human bodies. But one limitation of these devices is the scarcity of equally flexible batteries […]

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Cannabis-Based Batteries Could Charge Your Phone in Seconds

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by

During the American Chemical Society‘s national meeting in San Francisco, engineering professor David Mitlin  presented the findings. The study he led investigates the potential for industrial hemp (the non-psychoactive cannabis plant closely related to marijuana) to aid in the creation of extremely efficient batteries called supercapacitors, or “supercaps.” […]

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