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two thermal energy storage tanks
CALMAC's ICEBANK technology provides an energy-efficient alternative for cooling buildings by freezing ice at night (when energy costs are lower) and then using cool water from the melting ice to cool the building during the day.
Date: 11/05/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
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
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
Crumpled sheets of graphene.
New graphene ultracapacitors have five times the energy density of current commercial devices, thanks to the increased surface area of the "crumpled" graphene nanomaterial.
Date: 12/08/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
A bank of batteries for energy storage
Like software, energy storage is now increasingly sold as a service rather than a product. AES Energy Storage has begun to commercially operate a power storage farm of batteries that can rapidly provide power to utilities to balance loads--for a fee.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: 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
Gravity Power's GPM energy storage system
Start-up Gravity Power has developed a new, high-efficiency method for storing energy that uses gravity to pump pistons in deep, water-filled shafts in the earth.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
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
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
Pumped hydro storage schematic
Though storage of renewable off-peak energy production is an important part of the nation's energy efficiency mix, pumped hydro storage is regulated by FERC and permitting can take decades.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage

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