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Greensmith to Deploy Aqueous, Lithium-Ion and Flow Batteries for Grid Storage

September 3, 2014 by Eric Wesoff


As the energy storage market develops and shakes out, it's worth keeping an eye on Greensmith. The startup is a software developer and system integrator that has attracted investment, personnel and a growing roster of turnkey energy storage projects.[read more]

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

July 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, or BQDM, that it hopes can defer the cost of building a $1 billion substation.[read more]

Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

July 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. But there's a power control device that may be much more familiar to the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners with solar on their roofs: inverters. Should utilities own those too?[read more]

Battery Technology: Of the Past, but Lifeblood for the Future

March 26, 2014 by John Steller

Batteries and the Future

Before the massive electrical grids and power lines that our current infrastructure relies so heavily upon, batteries were how we made electricity. As batteries advanced, so did our technology. From lead-acid to lithium ion, battery technologies dominate the majority our our appliances, and amenities.[read more]

Lab Uses Lightning Bolt to Charge Smartphone

October 3, 2013 by Christina Nunez

Sometimes our dependency on battery-charging devices seems ironic, considering the abundance of energy around us that is being generated every day by sources as mundane as the human hand, footsteps, and lightning, which strikes the Earth dozens of times per second.[read more]


Reinventing Batteries for Electric Vehicles: Interview with ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

August 30, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

Last week ARPA-E awarded $36 million under the agency’s new Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems, or RANGE, program. In an exclusive interview, Deputy Director Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses RANGE and the agency’s efforts to reinvent the EV battery.[read more]


Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

June 13, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins


Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home?[read more]

Cold Realities About Electric Vehicles: Tesla vs. NY Times

February 15, 2013 by Josie Garthwaite


Despite all the heat of the Tesla vs. New York Times interlude, however, it illustrates something we already know: batteries are finicky beasts, relatively speaking.[read more]

Battery & Energy Storage Problems Everywhere (Just Ask Boeing!)

January 22, 2013 by Neal Dikeman

Energy Storage via Shutterstock

After a prolonged development program and costly production delays, Boeing started delivering its latest state-of-the-art airplane just 15 months ago, three years behind schedule. Although the company has a lucrative backlog of nearly 800 787s on order, worth roughly $200 billion in revenues, production rates have been limited, as only 50 units have been delivered in a little over a year.[read more]

Researchers Discover ‘Crushed’ Silicon Increases Battery Life

November 5, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Normally, when a scientist spends a good portion of their life in a lab, trying to engineer a technological breakthrough, the last they want is to see that work destroyed. But as researchers at Rice University recently discovered, crushing their previous work can sometimes be the only way to make progress.A Rice team has been trying...[read more]


Will Cheap Energy Storage Come to Coal and Nuclear's Rescue?

March 22, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Everyone knows that the development of low-cost, large-scale electricity storage technologies will be critical to the future of wind and solar energy--or at least everyone who reads The Energy Collective knows that! The ability to cheaply store electricity when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing and use it later when...[read more]

Yet Another Battery Breakthrough

January 8, 2012 by Lou Grinzo

Photo by mariordo59 via Flickr, Creative Commons

If you could wave your handy dandy magic wand and create a single technological breakthrough that would make a huge impact on our intertwined climate and energy challenges, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something better than a killer battery.Find a way to make a battery pack that greatly exceeds the range of those in the Leaf,...[read more]

Renewables, Energy Storage & Data Analytics: The 3 Sisters of the Smart Grid

December 19, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

American history buffs and foodies know the story of the three sisters of agriculture, a brilliant combinatorial planting technique practiced by Native Americans.  This uniquely American agricultural invention elegantly illustrates the concept of synergy.  Synergy is defined as the interactions of two or more things combined to...[read more]

ARPA-E Director Majumdar: America Must “Out-Innovate” Foreign Competitors

October 14, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

America pioneered many of the clean energy technologies now being used and manufactured around the world, but the edge we once held in clean tech is slipping to foreign competitors. Five years ago, scientists warned the U.S. was falling behind other nations and Congress responded by creating the Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA-E, to help fund the development of breakthrough energy technologies. Now, this initiative faces political headwinds and the U.S. risks any momentum gained since ARPA-E was founded. In this one-on-one interview, ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar discusses the energy challenges America faces from other countries and how the U.S. must “out-innovate” its competitors to spur new economic growth.[read more]

Hybrid Locomotives + The Batteries They Need

August 15, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Senior analyst Dave Hurst believes that we shall see growth in world use of hybrid locomotives due to “new diesel locomotive emissions regulations scheduled to go into effect in the European Union in 2014 and in North America in 2015″. New regulations will result in real change: exhaust treatments and retiring the most polluting engines...[read more]