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A new development in vanadium redox batteries from DOE's Pacific Northwest Regional Laboratory could make them a promising option for grid-scale energy storage.
Date: 03/17/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Smart Grid
Rechargeable batteries
Wildcat Discovery Technologies' combinatorial chemistry tools give the company the capability to rapidly synthesize inorganic materials. A recent synthesis lead to the discovery of a new rechargeable battery material, which they claim can improve battery performance by 25 to 65 percent.
Date: 03/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Low-power phase-change memory bits are positioned between carbon-nanotubes.
A new type of nonvolatile memory based on carbon nanotubes requires one percent as much power as flash memory and could improve battery life in mobile devices.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle diagram.
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center has developed a new printing technology that promises to pack more energy into batteries for electric vehicles: the technology could increase battery storage capacity by 10 to 30 percent.
Date: 03/02/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
The next generation of the Chevrolet Volt could have a much cheaper battery.
For the next generation of its Chevrolet Volt, GM has licensed mixed-metal oxide battery-electrode materials developed at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Lab. These materials could help double car batteries' energy-storage capacity.
Date: 01/12/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Battery
Start-up Qnovo intends to help customers get the most out of batteries through electronics. Qnovo’s is bypassing new production lines and chemistries and instead improving battery efficiency in existing lines by targeting battery electrochemistry using only electronic controls.
Date: 11/30/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Titanium oxide negative-electrode material
A Japanese research group developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
A test battery is connected to leads to measure its ability to store charge.
The DOE has funded a factory to produce activated carbon materials that could improve ultracapacitors for batteries and energy-storage devices, but it's not clear that battery manufacturers and automakers will have much use for the material in the next few years.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Battery
While Moore's Law has delivered a 10,000 times improvement in chips over the years, battery performance has only improved 3-4 times. Expectations of future improvement in battery performance should therefore be more realistic and focus on achievable goals.
Date: 10/06/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
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

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