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Page Commenced Feb. 9, 2010

2013

  • Storage > Batteries > Lithium-Sulphur >
    New battery design could help solar and wind power the grid - Stanford researchers have demonstrated a partially liquid battery made of inexpensive lithium and sulfur. Allegedly, it will be easy to make and will last for thousands of charging cycles. The material and manufacturing costs of the battery might be low enough to meet the goal of $100 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, which will make the it economically attractive to utilities. (PureEnergyBlog; April 29, 2013)

2012

  • Storage > Capacitors > EEStor >
    EEStor announces energy density milestone - EEStor Inc. has announced that it has successfully completed production of an electrical energy storage unit (EESU) dielectric layer that will potentially allow its technology to achieve an energy density which would be competitive against all other electrical energy storage technologies. (PRNewswire; July 21, 2012)

2011

  • Storage > Batteries / EVs >
    New Materials Could Double Chevy Volt Battery Capacity - The Chevy Volt is set to become even more appealing as GE announced it is working on a new generation of batteries with double the energy-storage capacity. GM’s licensed battery-electrode materials developed at Argonne National Laboratory (a U.S. Department of Energy lab) use mixed-metal oxides that not only increase storage capacity, but improve the safety and durability of car batteries. (Inhabitat; January 17, 2011)
  • Storage > Capacitors >
    New Lithium-Ion Ultracapacitor Can Charge Tools In Under 60 Seconds - New York-based company Ioxus has developed a new type of lithium ion ultracapacitor that can potentially deliver large amounts of energy in a small amount of time. This makes them ideal for items that require large amounts of power for acceleration, energy capture, or ‘high power application’ – such as power tools. (Inhabitat; January 13, 2011)

2010

  • Storage > Batteries > Air >
    IBM Projects Holographic Phones, Air-Driven Batteries - A survey of 3,000 IBM scientists predicts that by 2015 we will be using mobile phones that will project a 3D holographic image of callers. They have also predicted that batteries would move beyond lithium-ion construction to more energy-dense materials, greatly increasing their power capacity and allowing them to recharge by ‘breathing’ the air around them. (EWeekEurope; December 24, 2010)
  • Nanotech / Batteries > Li-ion >
    Sandia Creates World’s Smallest Single Nanowire Battery - Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have succeeded in creating the world’s smallest battery that consists of a single nanowire (as the battery’s anode) which is one seven-thousandth the thickness of a human hair. The hope is that this will help scientists discover what occurs inside lithium-ion storage devices and how they charge and discharge. (Inhabitat; December 13, 2010)
  • Storage > Capacitors > Superconductors >
    Graphene supercapacitor breaks storage record - Researchers in the US have made a graphene-based supercapacitor that can store as much energy per unit mass as nickel metal hydride batteries – but unlike batteries, it can be charged or discharged in just minutes or even seconds. The new device has a specific energy density of 85.6 Wh/kg at room temperature and 136 Wh/kg at 80 °C. (PhysicsWorld; Nov 26, 2010)
  • Batteries > Li-ion >
    World's Most Powerful Industrial Lithium-Ion Battery - Corvus Energy is transforming the marine, transportation and energy industries with its release of an advanced lithium-ion battery technology that is able to store and distribute energy in megawatt sizes and has the capacity to output sustained power comparable to diesel engines in hybrid and full-electric vessels and vehicles. (Energy Daily; Nov. 3, 2010)
  • Solar / Storage / Thermal >
    Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy could be efficient and indefinitely storable - Researchers at MIT are working on a new process in thermo-chemical solar energy that uses a molecular structure reconfiguration to capture energy from the sun, potentially storing it forever. A molecule of fulvalene diruthenium changes its configuration when it absorbs heat, and later releases heat when it snaps back to its original shape. (MIT News; Oct. 26, 2010)
  • Storage > Flywheels > Beacon Power >
    Stronger, More Cost-Effective Flywheels for Grid Storage - Beacon Power is now working with U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) on the development of a next-generation of flywheel storage. The new flywheel storage system is expected to be able to store 4 times as much energy as present flywheels, and at one-eighth the per kilowatt-hour cost. (EcoGeek; Oct. 4,2010)
  • Nanotech / Storage > Batteries > Li-ion >
    Paper-Thin Batteries Provide Bendable Power - New carbon nanotube-based technology could literally allow companies to paint layers of electricity-holding lithium-ion on standard pieces of paper. The new batteries, which are just 300 μm thick, are thinner and more flexible, and they exhibit higher energy density and other electrical advantages, compared with other types of thin batteries. (Chemical & Engineering News; Sept. 20, 2010)
  • Storage > Batteries > Utility-Scale >
    Bradwell's cheap, reliable batteries to store renewable energy - A battery designed by MIT grad student, David Bradwell, has active components that are liquid, which enables it to handle high currents without fracturing, and could eventually cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour. Bradwell's battery is based on an electrolyte that can dissolve a compound consisting of two metals, such as magnesium and antimony ... (MIT Technology Review; Aug., 2010)
  • Storage > Capacitors >
    International research team develops ultrahigh-power energy storage devices - A team of researchers from the U.S. and France report the development of a mirco-supercapacitor with remarkable properties. The paper will be published in the premier scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology online. These micro-supercapacitors have the potential to power nomad electronics, wireless sensor networks, biomedical implants, active RFID tags... (PhysOrg; August 17, 2010)
  • Storage / Grid >
    Cryogen Energy Storage System Could Cut Peak Fuel Use by Half - A new energy storage system being developed by the University of Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences uses excess energy from off peak times to chill a nitrogen-oxygen mixture called cryogen. Then, the next time demand spikes, the mixture can be boiled using waste heat to produce power. (Inhabitat; Aug. 12, 2010)
  • Storage >
    'Never-before-seen material' can store vast amounts of energy - Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth or on a giant planet, researchers from Washington State University have created a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy. Described by one of the researchers as “the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy,” the material holds potential for creating a new class of energetic materials... (GizMag; July 4, 2010)
  • Nanotech / Batteries >
    Carbon Nanotube Batteries Pack More Punch - Carbon nanotubes are attractive materials for battery-making because of their high surface area, which can accept more positive ions and potentially last longer than conventional batteries. Instead of this design, researchers at MIT have introduced something new — using chemically modified carbon nanotubes as the positive ion source themselves. (Science; June 20, 2010)
  • Storage > Batteries >
    Air-fuelled STAIR battery could last ten times longer than traditional cells - The revolutionary 'STAIR' (St Andrews Air) battery cells are charged in a traditional way but as they are discharged, an open mesh section of battery draws in oxygen from the surrounding air which reacts with a porous carbon component inside the battery, which creates more energy and helps to continually 'charge' the cell as it is being discharged. (Telegraph; UK; May 20, 2010)
  • Storage > Capacitors >
    Big Energy Storage in Thin Films - Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have demonstrated that it's possible to use techniques borrowed from the chip-making industry to make thin-film carbon ultracapacitors that store three times as much energy by volume as conventional ultracapacitor materials; and they could operate without ever being replaced. (MIT Technology Review; April 22, 2010)
  • Storage > Batteries > Lithium > -Air >
    Lithium-air batteries offer three times the energy density - Lithium-air batteries have the potential of providing energy densities up to three times that of the conventional lithium-ion batteries found in just about every portable consumer electronics device and electric vehicles. Researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough that could help make the commercial development of lightweight rechargeable batteries a reality. (GizMag; Apr. 5, 2010)
  • Storage > Batteries >
    Car Bodies Could Store Energy Like Batteries (Video) - Researchers at the Imperial College in London are developing a new material that can store and release electrical energy like a battery. Once perfected, scientists hope the substance will replace standard car bodies, making vehicles up to 15 percent lighter and significantly extending the range of electric vehicles. (Inhabitat; Feb. 8, 2010) (Also Engadget)

2009

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