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President Obama's proposed budget calls for boosting funding to the Department of Energy by nearly 12 percent. The spending plan focuses on research and deployment of renewable energy, electric cars, biofuel, energy efficiency and nuclear technologies.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Blog
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
ReVolt has developed a zinc-air battery that can store three time the energy of lithium ion batteries and cost less. The company is currently working on making the batteries last for more charging cycles.
Date: 10/28/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at Stanford and Hanyang University are developing silicon nanotube electrodes that could significantly increase charge capacity of lithium-ion batteries.
Date: 09/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Power tool batteries could be the key to creating better electric vehicle batteries since they can handle a large power output, unlike cell phone batteries.
Date: 09/21/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at Uppsala University have created an environmentally benign battery using cellulose and salt. The technology is cheap, easy to manufacture, and rechargeable. The battery could be produced commercially within three years.
Date: 09/15/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Lithium-ion technology has received most the attention in energy storage technology, though several other battery chemistries show promise for large scale energy storage.
Date: 09/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
Governments and companies worldwide are investing heavily in advanced battery research to create an energy storage device that will make electric vehicles more adoptable.
Date: 08/27/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
$2.4 billion in stimulus funding will be awarded for advanced battery technology for hybrid and electric-drive vehicles through the stimulus act, the largest investment in the area ever made.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
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

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