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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method for quickly and cheaply mass-producing graphene, a carbon material that could improve the efficiency of energy storage.
Date: 06/22/2010
Type: Article
Hitachi America will bring its long life lead acid battery to the North American market to support the integration of solar and wind energy, and hybrid and electric vehicles into the power grid.
Date: 05/05/2010
Type: News
Whether or not legislation requiring energy storage passes, California will need approximately 4 GW of storage in order to reach its renewable energy goals.
Date: 03/05/2010
Type: Blog
Beacon Power is working to build a smarter grid with a technology that has been around since Leonardo Da Vinci's time. Here is how the simple, ubiquitous flywheel may become the next best hope for the U.S. electric grid.
Date: 11/24/2009
Type: Article
China’s market for energy storage is unique and may soon enter a new phase of rapid growth. This article discusses the major factors driving the energy storage push in China.
Date: 07/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Smart Grid
Spurred by California's AB 2514--an assembly bill to to promote energy storage in the state--analysts from StrateGen Consulting provide an analysis that demonstrates the value of energy storage as an alternative to natural gas-fired peaker plants.
Date: 06/28/2010
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Sun Catalytix has raised $3 million in venture capital as it begins the difficult path of developing a cheap catalyst for producing hydrogen for home energy storage.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
IBM has created weather modeling software that uses data analysis and predictive models to forecast renewable power output. The software could make utilities less reliant on costly energy storage and backup power to support intermittent renewable power sources.
Date: 08/13/2013
Type: Article
With new research into ultra-light lithium-air batteries, IBM hopes to achieve 500 miles on a single charge. The key breakthrough was an atomic level computer model that helped stabilize the battery's chemistry to increase its lifespan.
Date: 01/17/2012
Type: News
Making ice at night to augment air conditioning usage during the day can help save money by cutting down on the peak power demand. This thermal energy storage system gives the building owner cheaper power, and the utility gets a solution to its peak power problems.
Date: 06/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities

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