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2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
EnerDel, with support of the DOE and a Portland utility, will utilize it's lithium ion batteries to store energy.
Date: 11/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Hydrobee Lets You Charge A Battery From A Fast-Flowing River To Juice Up USB Devices Off-Grid.
Date: 11/22/2013
Type: News
Scientists in India have developed a cheap phase change material that could drastically reduce the need for heating in homes.
Date: 01/20/2012
Type: News
A British company is testing new chemistry that could boost the performance of batteries.
Date: 01/04/2010
Type: News
Two environmental engineers at Clemson University have received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to create a new type of energy efficient Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) system that uses a conventional heat pump to move heat between buildings and the ground.
Date: 06/16/2010
Type: Article, News
Ice
Ice Energy, a provider of distributed ice-based energy storage to electric utilities, received $24M in venture funding.The firm's ice-based energy storage at commercial buildings has the potential to shift as much as 40 percent of peak energy demand to off-peak hours.
Date: 10/18/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Using specialized pellets with highly porous surfaces, researchers have discovered a method for efficient and lost-lasting storage of thermal energy.
Date: 06/06/2012
Type: News
Beacon Power Corp. to build a 20-megawatt flywheel energy-storage facility in New York.
Date: 11/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Flywheels, Energy Storage
Compressed Air Energy Storage schematic
Venture firms have funded many electrochemical technologies for utility-scale energy storage, but issues with cost, long-term reliability and utility familiarity limit their feasibility. Compressed air energy storage (CAES) may offer a more affordable and reliable alternative.
Date: 03/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage

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