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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Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by

According to Musk, the company is working on a consumer battery pack for the home. Design of the battery is apparently complete, and production could begin in six months. Tesla is still deciding on a date for unveiling the new unit, but Musk said he […]

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Tiny Cardboard Battery Charges Your Smartphone

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

Having trouble keeping your smartphone charged throughout the day? Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has created a Red Dot Design Award-winning concept for a tiny cardboard capsule that could juice up your phone. It’s called the Mini Power. You just choose how much battery time you […]

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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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