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Washington State University researchers used super-high pressures to create a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy.
Date: 07/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
New, high-energy batteries that can withstand harsh environments developed using nanotube-based supercapacitors at Rice University.
Date: 08/23/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed an ultra-efficient new engine that runs on a combination of natural gas and diesel that, when combined with a battery and electric motor, may enable fuel efficiency of up to 80 mpg.
Date: 08/28/2013
Type: Article
A Seattle-based startup, EnerG2, has developed a carbon anode that can significantly improve the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries without requiring a new battery design or a different manufacturing process.
Date: 04/17/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Tesla's CTO JB Straubel, one of the speakers on Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies at the Institute for Energy Efficiency's 2013 Summit, told the MIT Tech Review that Tesla is tackling the challenge of a five to ten minute recharge time for Tesla's electric car batteries.
Date: 07/16/2013
Type: Article
The hunt for supplies of lithium is underway in order to meet the demand for more hybrid and electric vehicles requiring lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
Date: 03/09/2010
Type: News
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News
The Senate recently introduced a new version of the Storage Act that allocates $1.5 billion in tax credits for energy storage technologies.
Date: 08/18/2010
Type: Article
smart meter
This blog entry provides a nice overview of today's electricity and transmission grid -- and tomorrow's "smarter" version. It includes primers on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, grid optimization and energy storage.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a thin, flexible glass that can be used to store energy at high temperature and high power applications, such as electric vehicle power electronics and wind turbine generators.
Date: 08/07/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage

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