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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
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 Department of Energy launched the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory to ensure that electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and smart grid technologies work in unison.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Residential charging of electric cars may draw more power than local neighborhood grids are set up to handle. The popularity of electric cars in California has led utilities to take steps to accommodate the increase in electric cars on the grid.
Date: 08/20/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at MIT have developed a battery that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage.
Date: 08/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, 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
Sun Catalytix is making a new type of flow battery that could store hours’ worth of energy on the grid.
Date: 09/30/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Predicting what the energy landscape will look like in 20 years.
Date: 11/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Economic Impact
Tags: energy
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
Hydrobee Lets You Charge A Battery From A Fast-Flowing River To Juice Up USB Devices Off-Grid.
Date: 11/22/2013
Type: News

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