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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
Smart Transformer: A prototype of a smart solid-state transformer
New solid-state power-management devices will charge cars fast and make the power grid more flexible and efficient.
Date: 12/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
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
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
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
AES batteries
Power company AES is in the process of scaling up its lithium-ion grid battery projects to a commercial size, and by the third quarter of this year, plans to start operating a 32 MW lithium-ion battery project in West Virginia.
Date: 05/06/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Energy startup BrightSource has developed an energy storage system that involves heating up molten salt, and pumping it through a heat exchanger to produce steam.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
New, high-energy batteries that can withstand harsh environments developed using nanotube-based supercapacitors at Rice University.
Date: 08/23/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
The demand for energy storage on the grid will grow to $113.5 billion and reach 184 GWh of capacity by 2017. Lux Research developed the "Grid Storage Demand Forecaster" to evaluate and compare opportunities and trends.
Date: 04/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Smart Grid
By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article

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