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Researchers at Penn State University have developed a thin, flexible glass that can be used to store energy at high temperature and high power applications, such as electric vehicle power electronics and wind turbine generators.
Date: 08/07/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, 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
Although it will take years for renewables to overtake existing energy sources, energy efficiency is one of many strategies to speed this transition.
Date: 03/09/2010
Type: Blog
A cross-section of David Bradwell's battery.
MIT graduate student David Bradwell has been selected as one of Technology Review's top innovators under 35 for his work on a battery for renewable energy storage that has liquid components.
Date: 08/25/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Two to four gigawatts of new energy storage development is feasible over the next five years, according to a new study.
Date: 02/08/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
MIT spinoff FastCAP Systems has recived a $5.35 million grant for high-risk/high-reward inovative research into ultracapcitor technology.
Date: 10/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
Venture capital dollar spending seems to point to lithium-ion batteries coupled with ultracapacitors being the major technologies for energy storage applications.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
The porous structure of a new electrode material.
A startup called Nanotune has developed a way to make electrodes that result in ultracapacitors with five to seven times as much energy storage capacity as conventional ones. This development could make electric cars cheaper and extend their range.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
Ultracapacitors
Thanks to their electrostatic storage, recharging capacity and high efficiency, ultracapacitors are making energy storage systems more powerful across multiple industries.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
In the latest round of energy funding, the Department of Energy funded some lesser known energy storage technologies like flywheel, compressed air, and distributed storage.
Date: 11/25/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage

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