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What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
Fluorine.
Contour Energy Systems will soon release fluorine batteries that have the potential to perform two to three times times more effectively than lithium batteries. The company has found a way to keep the energy density high while cranking up the power density.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Bringing solar power to developing countries is a function of financing the projects, ensuring sufficient revenue to periodically replace batteries, and promoting energy efficiency, as costs will skyrocket if communities use the electricity to power inefficient appliances.
Date: 10/28/2009
Type: Blog
Adding a coating of graphene or carbon nanotubes is showing promise for improving the energy density of traditional ultracapacitors and may have applications for the lithium-ion battery market as well.
Date: 10/06/2011
Type: News
The Department of Energy launched the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory to ensure that electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and smart grid technologies work in unison.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Amprius' silicon nanowire battery.
Battery startup Amprius plans to bring to market in 2012 a battery that uses nanostructured silicon electrodes to store twice as much energy as anything on the market today.
Date: 09/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Institute faculty member, Eric McFarland, is assisting CUNY Energy Institute in the development of a grid-scale battery storage project. This new battery uses nickel-zinc technology that is cheaper to produce and just as long-lasting as lithium-ion batteries.
Date: 05/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
The electric vehicle company, Zenn, is investing heavily in the battery company EEStor, who promises to drastically improved ultracapacitor battery in 2010.
Date: 07/21/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
A GM-funded bus uses lithium titanate to charge batteries in 10 minutes.
Date: 06/16/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Residential charging of electric cars may draw more power than local neighborhood grids are set up to handle. The popularity of electric cars in California has led utilities to take steps to accommodate the increase in electric cars on the grid.
Date: 08/20/2013
Type: Article

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