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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
As electric vehicles accrue incentives and consumer popularity, there will be a lithium demand boom that needs to matched with supply increases.
Date: 08/13/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Rechargeable batteries
Wildcat Discovery Technologies' combinatorial chemistry tools give the company the capability to rapidly synthesize inorganic materials. A recent synthesis lead to the discovery of a new rechargeable battery material, which they claim can improve battery performance by 25 to 65 percent.
Date: 03/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
In a push for jobs, Obama touts the benefits of developing US manufacturing prowess in new batteries for next-generation electric plug-in vehicles.
Date: 07/17/2010
Type: News
Battery
While Moore's Law has delivered a 10,000 times improvement in chips over the years, battery performance has only improved 3-4 times. Expectations of future improvement in battery performance should therefore be more realistic and focus on achievable goals.
Date: 10/06/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
The next generation of the Chevrolet Volt could have a much cheaper battery.
For the next generation of its Chevrolet Volt, GM has licensed mixed-metal oxide battery-electrode materials developed at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Lab. These materials could help double car batteries' energy-storage capacity.
Date: 01/12/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Southern California Edison is seeking $65 million in grants for the biggest grid storage battery ever built. The battery system would store wind power generated during off peak times.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Utilities
Venture capital dollar spending seems to point to lithium-ion batteries coupled with ultracapacitors being the major technologies for energy storage applications.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
A cross-section of David Bradwell's battery.
MIT graduate student David Bradwell has been selected as one of Technology Review's top innovators under 35 for his work on a battery for renewable energy storage that has liquid components.
Date: 08/25/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Infinite Power Solutions has increased the capacity of its thin-film battery. The device can be combined with micro-harvesting technologies that capture ambient vibrations to capture small amounts of energy.
Date: 03/12/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries

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