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By investing in off-peak energy storage systems, specifically compressed air storage, the utility companies could make better use of government incentives meant to promote energy efficiency.
Date: 10/28/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
There is currently no infrastructure for large scale energy storage. Up until recently, utilities found it a better investment to overproduce electricity and waste the excess.
Date: 08/24/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
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
David Mitlin, a professor of engineering at the University of Alberta in Canada, is working on a way to convert waste eggshell membranes and egg whites into materials for high-performance supercapacitors.
Date: 12/13/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: 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
Due to the variance in many renewable power generation methods, many utilities are looking into energy storage technologies that would store excess solar energy for peak demand times.
Date: 10/02/2009
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
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
The U.S. Department of Energy awards grants to various clean energy technology projects, including HVAC system efficiency, cool roofs, smart controllers for smart grid applications, and advanced solar technologies.
Date: 11/24/2009
Type: News
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
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

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