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The Sun May Promote Adoption of Storage Technology In More Ways Than One

Earlier this month, NAATBatt completed a highly successful program at Intersolar North America, touting to solar developers and integrators the benefits of adding a storage component to solar PV projects.  NAATBatt’s interest in solar PV is...

Posted July 28, 2014    

Schadenfreude and the Future of Energy Storage

I had the pleasure this past week of attending the ARPA-E Summit in Washington, D.C. The ARPA-E Summit is always for me one of the most interesting programs on the industry calendar. Although the Summit focuses primarily on highlighting new energy...

Posted March 5, 2014    

Rebranding Electric Drive

Although EV and PHEV sales in the United States continue at a pace that is better than disappointing, the budding enthusiasm for electric drive of a few years ago seems to be fading.  Serious concerns about the cost effectiveness of using EV’s...

Posted February 24, 2014    

The Cleantech Crash: 60 Minutes Asks the Wrong Question

Lesley Stahl’s segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday entitled the “Cleantech Crash” has been the subject of much commentary.  The segment largely reiterates the popular storyline that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wasted billions of dollars...

Posted January 13, 2014    

New Federal Agency Renewable Energy Target Overlooks the Importance of Electricity Storage

The Obama Administration released yesterday released a Presidential Memorandum on Federal Leadership on Energy Management.  The Memorandum seeks to use the purchasing power of Federal agencies to encourage greater energy efficiency and the...

Posted December 10, 2013    

Rethinking the Energetic Cost of Electricity Storage

For reasons that are unclear, the blogosphere was buzzing this week with references to a study published last August by Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.  The study calculated the overall energetic cost (i.e., the total amount of...

Posted December 3, 2013    

The Government Shutdown, NAATBatt, and the US Economy

The news this week has been dominated by the government shutdown, the pending credit default crisis and, most recently, by optimistic reports of negotiations between the White House and House Republican leadership.  This optimism stems from a...

Posted October 15, 2013    

Will Energy Storage Save the Grid?

Earlier this week I spoke with an old friend, who works in the utility practice group of a major management consulting firm.  We commiserated about the challenges of getting conservative electric utilities to adopt new technology.  My...

Posted September 30, 2013    

Funding Mechanism Needed to Improve Grid Resilience

Last month the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity delivery and Energy Reliability and the White House Office of Science and Technology released a report entitled “Economic Benefits of...

Posted August 25, 2013    

Distributed Generation, Electricity Storage, and the Utility of the Future

Last week I attended InterSolar North America 2013 in San Francisco, the largest solar energy trade show in the United States.  I left with two major impressions:  First, based on the traffic at the NAATBatt booth, the solar industry is...

Posted July 16, 2013    

Electric Vehicles in May 2013

This past May appeared to be a dismal month for the electric vehicle business.  Coda went bankrupt, Better Place filed for liquidation, Fisker was expected to file for bankruptcy, Fiat-Chrysler announced that it was losing $10,000 on every 500e...

Posted June 9, 2013    

Better Place and the Price of Energy Innovation

This week saw another casualty in the long and painful road away from petroleum dependence:  Better Place announced plans to liquidate.  The $900 million invested in the concept of swapping batteries among vehicles looks to be a total loss...

Posted June 3, 2013