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A $2.4 billion stimulus for a domestic battery infrastructure was announced to research future energy technologies and to aid the economically battered US manufacturing regions.
Date: 08/06/2009
Type: News
Sanyo wants to build bigger lithium-ion batteries to store solar power, and EV battery maker Electrovaya targets grid storage for the Japanese market.
Date: 11/03/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Tesla's Model S electric sedan will incorporate battery swapping capability and Beijing is considering installing battery swapping stations.
Date: 02/01/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
A 9 cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually.
Date: 02/09/2010
Type: News
Xtreme power will employ a "chemical capacitor" battery technology, said to be more efficient and cost effective than lithium ion batteries, to store energy produced by a planned wind farm on Oahu, Hawaii.
Date: 03/09/2010
Type: Blog
Tags: battery, DOE, wind
Xcel Energy Inc. is testing energy-storage systems including a sodium-sulfur battery project, compressed air-storage project, and wind-to-hydrogen project to address reliability issues as the company boosts its use of wind power.
Date: 03/15/2010
Type: News
By fabricating ultracapacitor material directly on chips and solar cells, researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have made thin-film carbon ultracapacitors that store three times as much energy by volume as conventional ultracapacitor materials.
Date: 04/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
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
Saline solution battery! Credit: Yi Cui
A new battery device developed by researchers at Stanford draws power from the salinity difference between freshwater and saltwater and can achieve up to 85 percent efficiency.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Aerospace companies are working on hybrid electric airplanes, and the earliest versions will likely arrive before the end of the decade.
Date: 07/08/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation

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