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When rice is harvested, silica-rich husk is left as a waste product and is commonly used as a fertilizer additive. Scientists in South Korea are researching silica-rich husks as an alternative to graphite electrodes that are currently used in lithium ion batteries.
Date: 07/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
On Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal that would call for the state’s big three investor-owned utilities to obtain 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020.
Date: 06/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Scientists have shown that it is possible for bacteria to lie directly on the surface of a metal or mineral and transfer electrical charge through their cell membranes - bringing them a step closer to creating 'bio-batteries'.
Date: 03/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at Stanford University and SLAC have developed a Li-ion battery in which its sulfur cathode is capable of storing five times more energy than today’s batteries.
Date: 01/16/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
As the world's second most populous country, India struggles to provide reliable electricity to everyone. For this reason, electric vehicle sales in India has greatly decreased.
Date: 01/04/2013
Type: Article
DOE will establish a research hub for batteries and energy storage at Argonne National Laboratory. This is the fourth "innovation hub" proposed by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The battery hub is intended to produce revolutionary advances in batteries for electric cars and for use on the grid.
Date: 12/04/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Galen Stucky
Professor Galen Stucky's research group is developing an energy storage device for hybrid electric vehicles that combines the properties of batteries and capacitors into one technology.
Date: 11/29/2012
Type: News
What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
Advances in hybrid technology, such as batteries and electric motors, have made hybrid cars cheaper to manufacture. For this reason, automakers are turning to hybrids to comply with fuel-economy standards.
Date: 10/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Two coalitions of companies are now making tiny, lightweight sensors that could make lithium-ion batteries smaller, cheaper, and safer. These sensors can be integrated into batteries and can help detect how much charge is left.
Date: 09/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation

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