New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by

Where others might look at substances like urine, blood and sweat and cringe, Juan Pablo Esquivel sees untapped sources of energy. Not for powering large engines but rather to produce small amounts of electricity that could play a vital role in the burgeoning telemedicine market. Today Esquivel, a 35-year-old electronics engineer, is developing miniature paper-based fuel […]

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Electric Eels Inspire a New Type of Battery

Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by

Electric eels, which slither along the muddy bottoms of ponds and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of South America, can cause a shock powerful enough to knock a horse off its feet. Their power comes from cells called electrocytes that discharge when the eel is hunting or feels threatened. Now, researchers are […]

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This AA Battery Sucks Power Right Out of the Air

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

After covering CES for 10 years, nothing I’ve seen at the show has me as excited about the future as Ossia’s wireless charging technology. The company’s developed a way to deliver power to your gadgets the same way internet is delivered by wi-fi, and one of the first real-world applications of the tech is a […]

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Battery That Charges in One Minute Could Beat Tesla in the Race for Tomorrow’s Clean Car

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

  Henrik Fisker, a former chief designer for Aston Martin, claims that he will soon revolutionize the world of electric cars with a new, superior battery. After leaving the luxury car brand, Fisker started his own company and has filed patents on a new type of solid-state battery, which can be charged faster and has […]

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A new way to store thermal energy

Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by

In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel — such as wood, brush or dung — that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical composite […]

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Tesla Finishes Building World’s Largest Battery Month and a Half Ahead of Schedule

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017 by

Elon Musk has won an audacious bet he made back in March to build a battery system for South Australia in “100 days from contract signature or it is free.” The 100-megawatt Powerpack system is the world’s largest, or three times bigger than Tesla and Edison’s battery at Mira Loma in Ontario, California. The Tesla CEO was responding to a challenge […]

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Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by

It might sound too good to be true – but Fisker is working on an electric vehicle battery that can charge up to 100% in just one minute. They’ve reportedly made a breakthrough in solid-state batteries– and their technology could allow an EV to travel 500 miles after a single charge. Designer Henrik Fisker relaunched his EV venture last year, and since then he […]

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Stanford sodium-based battery could be more cost-effective than lithium

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by

As a warming world moves from fossil fuels toward renewable solar and wind energy, industrial forecasts predict an insatiable need for battery farms to store power and provide electricity when the sky is dark and the air is still. Against that backdrop, Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-based battery that can store the same amount […]

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Huge battery in the UK holds the energy equivalent of 500K smartphone batteries

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by

A large new battery storage project could help the United Kingdom’s grid handle power from more renewable sources. The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery, on the grounds of a biomass plant in Sheffield, is contained inside four 40-foot shipping containers. It can hold the same amount of energyas around 500,000 smartphone batteries. UK energy company E.ON installed the battery, called the Blackburn Meadows battery for its […]

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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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