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Flow batteries could present a low cost storage option for grid electricity, reducing the issue of the intermittency of renewables.
Date: 02/16/2010
Type: Blog
Utility Xcel Energy reports that a huge battery has worked effectively in smoothing out variable wind power, signaling how pockets of energy storage can help create a cleaner grid.
Date: 08/04/2010
Type: Article, News
An avant-garde technology - giant-sized batteries made with gravel - is being implemented into wind turbines and solar panels which may potentially offer secure energy storage even when wind and sunlight are not readily available.
Date: 04/27/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
The need for renewable energy storage is creating new market opportunities for the development of compressed air energy storage (CAES) as a solution for peak power supply and grid management.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Real-world tests show that General Motors Co.'s rechargeable electric car can travel 40 miles on battery power as promised, company engineers said Monday.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California’s Governor signed into law a bill that sets mandatory targets for energy storage systems in the utility sector. The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish roadmaps for major electricity providers to procure energy storage systems.
Date: 10/11/2010
Type: News
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
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

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