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Future Energy Fellows: #energychat on Energy Storage Advancements

November 20, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Major advances in materials science and manufacturing are driving down the cost and upping the performance of energy storage at a rapid pace. With energy storage on the cusp, The Energy Collective hosted a live Twitter conversation to explore the implications for electricity systems and markets.[read more]

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

November 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Battery Development in California

The world's biggest battery is coming to California. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy storage procurement round, one that could set new standards for incorporating distributed and customer-owned energy assets into grid operations.[read more]

Advanced Batteries and the Midterm Elections

November 10, 2014 by James Greenberger

The Internal Revenue Code is, famously, more than 5,000 pages long. Every single one of those pages was sponsored and fought for by some special interest group and its lobbyists. There is no reason to believe that all those special interest groups will go quietly into the night.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Energy Storage Internalized Costs


This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Novel Bromine Battery: Small-Scale Demo, Large-Scale Promise

July 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Battery and Storage Innovation

The availability of low-cost, high-capacity energy storage technology could profoundly change today’s energy landscape. The ability to store electricity when supplies are abundant and deliver it later when they’re not would permit widespread use of intermittent sources such as solar and wind.[read more]

Seeing How a Lithium-Ion Battery Works

June 14, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries and Innovation

New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The new findings explain the unexpectedly high power and long cycle life of such batteries, the researchers say.[read more]

The Incredible Shrinking "Power Brick"

June 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Shrinking Power Brick

While laptops continue to shrink in size and weight, the “power bricks” that charge them remain heavy and bulky. But now, MIT spinout FINsix has invented an adapter that’s roughly one-quarter the size and one-sixth the weight of a conventional brick, and just as efficient.[read more]

How Electrodes Charge and Discharge

April 4, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the fundamental charge transfer rate — finding some significant surprises.[read more]

Will Batteries Be a Defining Technology Achievement in this Decade?

March 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The 20th century was a time of extraordinary growth and change. In the first half of that century, relatively new technologies like electricity and telecommunications indelibly altered every aspect of life. In the latter half of the 20th century, computers radically reshaped work and play.[read more]

Low-Cost EV Batteries Get a Hand From Carbon Nanotubes

June 7, 2013 by Tina Casey

carbon nanotubes

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have discovered a pathway for developing low cost electric vehicle batteries, which could lead to a new generation of affordable EVs.[read more]

Better Place and the Price of Energy Innovation

June 3, 2013 by James Greenberger

Better Place Charging Station/Wikimedia Commons

Twenty years from now, when it is likely that electric drive will be a far more ubiquitous technology than it is today, we will look back on Better Place and other early failures as the natural price that had to be paid for innovation.[read more]

New Zinc-Air Battery Could Pack Twice The Power Of Lithium-Ion

June 2, 2013 by Tina Casey

new zinc-air battery

Researchers at Stanford University are working on a new rechargeable zinc-air battery that could provide a low cost energy storage alternative to the current favorite, lithium-ion.[read more]

New Durable High-Power Lithium-Ion Battery Developed In Germany

May 31, 2013 by Thomas Gerke

new lithium-ion technology

Scientists at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm, Germany have developed a top-class lithium-ion battery, in terms of cycle stability.[read more]

Energy Storage: Testing Zinc-Air Grid Batteries

May 6, 2013 by Jeff St. John

Eos Zinc-Air Grid Batteries

Eos Energy Storage, the startup that says its zinc-air battery chemistry can provide grid-scale energy storage at unprecedentedly low costs, has just landed its first utility pilot partner to test it out.[read more]

Energy Storage Innovation: ARPA-E’s RANGE Program

February 22, 2013 by Clifton Yin

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced funding for a new program focused on improving electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies.[read more]