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Sumitomo considering marketing new lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery to automakers for EVs and hybrids

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Construction of the molten-salt electrolyte battery. is considering targeting its lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery, being developed in partnership with Kyoto University ( earlier post ), to makers of electric and hybrid passenger cars, according to Bloomberg. Source: Sumitomo. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Salt to make EV batteries cheaper and powerful

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Electric car batteries using molten salt could be significantly cheaper but offer twice the energy of their lithium-ion counterparts according to Sumitomo Electric Industries. Previous molten salt systems required operating temperatures [.].

Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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Molten Salt Gasification Process. Click to enlarge. CO + H 2 ) at similar pressures. You simply can’t do that with an SMR.

Report: Sumitomo and Kyoto University developing lower temperature molten-salt battery; about 10% the cost of Li-ion

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in partnership with Kyoto University, has developed a lower temperature molten-salt rechargeable battery that promises to cost only about 10% as much as lithium ion batteries. Molten-salt batteries use highly conductive molten salts as an electrolyte, and can offer high energy and power densities. Brief

GE unit invests with KGAL in 50-Mw Spanish concentrated solar power plant featuring molten salt energy storage

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million in a 50-megawatt parabolic trough concentrated solar power plant using molten salt energy storage in Torre de Miguel Sesmero, Badajoz, Spain. ACS has built more than €2 billion worth of concentrated solar power facilities with molten salt storage in Spain. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

Sadoway and MIT team demonstrate calcium-metal-based liquid metal battery

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That was a highly unexpected finding, Sadoway says, due to the known issues with the element such as its easily dissolving in salt. Ouchi et al.

ARPA-E awarding $30M to 12 hybrid solar projects; conversion and storage

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The engine and solar cell are surrounded by salts that store heat as needed by melting when the sun shines and releases the heat to make electricity by solidifying when the sun is not shinning. Earlier post.). Schematics of technology areas addressed by FOCUS a) Hybrid solar converter. b) Hybrid storage system. Source: ARPA-E. Description.

MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. Earlier post.). —Wang et al. —Donald Sadoway.

DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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This project will develop high specific energy, high power and highly reversible Li-air batteries that are based on the concept of replacing traditional electrolytes in the air electrode with a stable inorganic molten salt electrolyte. DE-FOA-0000991, earlier post.) The largest number of awards (9) in a single area of interest goes to.

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GE to expand sodium-halide battery plant with $70M investment

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The structure of a sodium-metal halide cell consists of a conductive Ni network, molten salt electrolyte, metal current collector, carbon felt electrolyte reservoir, and the active sodium-metal halide salts. —GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt. Brief

MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sectioned Mg||Sb liquid metal battery operated at 700 °C showing the three stratified liquid phases upon cooling to room temperature. Click to enlarge.

Honda develops process to reuse rare earth metals extracted from old NiMH batteries for new NiMH batteries for hybrid vehicles

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Now, by applying molten salt electrolysis to this oxide, Honda has succeeded in extracting metallized rare earth that can be used directly as negative-electrode materials for nickel-metal hydride batteries. Honda’s process for recycling NiMH batteries. The new portion of the process is outlined in red. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co.,

MIT team proposes ARC fusion reactor: affordable, robust, compact

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ARC uses an all-liquid blanket, consisting of low pressure, slowly flowing fluorine lithium beryllium (FLiBe) molten salt. Resources.

Silicon nanoparticles show high capacity and cycling stability as Li-ion anode

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To prepare the nanoparticles, the team reduced SiCl 4 with metallic magnesium in a molten salt of AlCl 3 at 200 ?C AlCl 3 not only acts as molten salt, but also participates in the reaction. C in Molten Salt for High-Performance Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries,” Angew. 1 at 1.2 1 at 3 A?g 1 over 500 cycles.

GWU team uses one-pot process to co-generate H2 and solid carbon from water and CO2; solar fuels

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Measured coulombic efficiency of hydrogen generation (η H2 ) in various molten hydroxide electrolytes at various temperatures. Li et al.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Receives $10.2M Contract for Concentrated Solar Power Tower with Thermal Storage Technology

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Liquefied molten salt is circulated into the receiver, where it is heated to about 1,000 °F (about 538 °C), then stored in a large insulated tank. The energy from this stored molten salt is available on-demand to drive a steam turbine to create electricity. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received an award of up to $10.2

Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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It has been conducting research on batteries for over 30 years, including extensive work on advanced materials, particularly molten salts, lithium iron phosphate and nanotitanates. The Hydro-Québec/Technifin LTO patents comprise two separate groups of patent rights affording extensive worldwide protection for LTO technology. Batterie

US Naval Research Lab scientists developing ionic liquid batteries

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Ionic liquids are room temperature molten salts that possess many important characteristics, such as nearly no vapor pressure, non-flammability and lack of reactivity in various electrochemical or industrial applications. Source: NRL. Click to enlarge. volts. —Dr. Thomas Sutto. Batteries

New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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inexpensive molten salt storage and/or the use of a steam Rankine turbine). Source: ARPA-E. Click to enlarge. Source: ARPA-E. Category.

Ceramatec licensing molten sodium technology for heavy oil upgrading; removing the need for diluent for bitumen

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Flowchart of Molten Sodium Upgrading process. Flowchart of molten salt gasification process. Source: Field Upgrading. Background.

Lux Research: grid storage battery cost to fall to $500/kWh by 2022, short of expectations

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Lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs will approach $500/kWh by 2022, reducing the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. Molten-salt batteries hold the most potential to be the cheapest large-scale systems, with manufacturing improvements playing the largest role, accounting for 95% of the cost reduction.

ARPA-E to award $30M to increase performance of solid ion conductors for batteries, fuel cells

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through innovative approaches to overcome tradeoffs among coupled properties. Nafion). Background. charging a battery). on temperature.

BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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The winning concepts were: A molten air battery that uses a molten salt electrolyte at elevated temperature from Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University. BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. Brief

Boulder Ionics raises $4.3M for high-throughput production of ionic liquid electrolytes for energy storage devices

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Ionic liquids (room-temperature molten salts) are a relatively new class of materials that show promise for electrolytes in energy storage applications. With this $4.3 Ionic liquids can be safer and higher-performance replacements for the flammable organic solvents currently used in devices such as lithium-ion batteries. to 2.7 V/cell.

Lux: Li-ion dominating grid storage market with 90% of 2014 proposals

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Molten salt batteries still account for a majority of installations by energy capacity, because of NGK Insulators’ early lead, but are no longer the technology of choice, according to Lux. Li-ion accounted for 419 MW and 1,555 MWh of proposed storage systems in 2014. Among their findings: Japan and the US hold the lead. Brief

OSU researchers explore mechanism behind the production of a new high-strength, ductile steel; could enable auto frames 30% thinner and lighter

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The flash process consumes only a kW of energy per kilogram of steel processed; water is used instead of polluting oils or molten salt. Martensitic steel is so named because the internal microstructure is entirely composed of a crystal form called martensite.). Steel is what we would call a mature technology. But 7 percent? Resources.

DOE requesting information on critical energy materials, including fuel cell platinum group metal catalysts

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Solid oxide solid acid Phosphoric acid molten carbonate Polymer electrolyte membrane. Mirrors Molten salts. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a Request for Information (RFI) on critical materials in the energy sector, including fuel cell platinum group metal catalysts. Platinum group metals (e.g., Technologies.

Stanford team devises new bio-inspired strategy for using CO2 to produce multi-carbon compounds such as plastics and fuels

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In the paper in Nature they showed that intermediate-temperature (200 to 350 ˚C) molten salts containing caesium or potassium cations enable carbonate ions (CO 3 2– ) to deprotonate very weakly acidic C–H bonds, generating carbon-centered nucleophiles that react with CO 2 to form carboxylates. —Banerjee et al. Resources.

California Energy Commission awards more than $5.5M for green transportation projects and $1.8M for 20 energy research projects

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The device would also capture a wide range of solar temperatures, including those too high to be captured by current state-of-the-art molten-salt heat storage devices. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Motiv Power Systems, Inc. million ZEVs on the state’s roads.

ORNL and Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics in CRADA for development of fluoride salt-cooled high-temp reactors

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) are engaged in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) focused on accelerating scientific understanding and technical development of salt-cooled reactors, specifically fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactors ( FHRs ). The 7.4

3 MIT-led teams win DOE NEUP funding for next-gen nuclear technologies

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Fluoride-salt High-Temperature Reactor. The FHR is a new reactor concept that combines high-temperature graphite-matrix-coated particle fuel developed for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors; liquid salt coolant developed for molten salt reactors; and safety systems originating with sodium fast reactors. BEAVRS. Brief

JBEI team develops one-pot, wash-free process for pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass; avenues for driving down biofuel cost

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The ionic liquids that have emerged from this JBEI effort as a benchmark for biomass processing are imidazolium-based molten salts.

GE Launches Durathon Sodium-Metal Halide Battery for UPS Market

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Sodium-metal halide cell basic chemistry. Click to enlarge. GE is also using the technology to develop advanced transportation energy storage systems.

AIST researchers synthesize new class of high-voltage, high-capacity cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

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Recently, we reported that a thermal treatment after the ion-exchange reaction using a molten salt improved the charge- discharge performance of O3-Li 0.7 The team attributed the performance of the new composition to the predominant retention of the layered rock-salt structure over the spinel phase. Ni 0.33 Mn 0.67 and 4.8

ARPA-E Selects 6 Projects for $9.6M in Funding, Including Improving Efficiency and Power Density of Electric Machines

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Two-tank molten salt is currently the preferred state-of-the-art thermal energy storage for solar thermal power plants. The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected six more potentially transformational energy research and development projects. Funded with $9.6 million in funding.

German researchers improve catalyst for steam reforming of methanol with salt coating; enabler for renewable energy storage systems

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This is a temperature level too low for operating the MeOH steam reforming reaction with high hydrogen yields.Herein, we report that Pt on alumina catalysts exhibit an exceedingly enhanced activity and selectivity after surface modification with a thin-film coating of hygroscopic and basic inorganic salts. intermittency). —Kusche et al.

US DOE Offers Abengoa Solar a Conditional Commitment for $1.45B Loan Guarantee for Concentrating Solar Power Plant

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Solana will include six hours of molten salt thermal energy storage capability, which will allow energy to be dispatched as needed during cloudy periods and after sunset. President Obama announced in his weekly video address on 3 July that DOE has offered a conditional commitment for a $1.45 The plant will be operational in 2011.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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trough with molten salt system, this technology can reduce. Concentrating Solar Power/Nuclear: Advanced Molten Glass. melting point molten glass as the heat transfer and thermal. system to pump, heat, store, and discharge the molten glass. Prior to today, ARPA-E has awarded $365.7 million in awards at ARPA-E.

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Solartaxi visits AeroVironment

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Solartaxi has two Swiss made 14kwhr Zebra batteries which are a molten-salt type battery that has an operating temperature window of 270-350degC (518-662degF). Stefano readies for a Solartaxi test drive. One of the stops was at AeroVironment in Simi Valley. Solartaxi parked at AeroVironment - Simi Valley, CA. 2008.07.23

Start-up Proposes Ionic Liquid - Amine Systems for Carbon Capture and Natural Gas Processing

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Ionic liquids are molten salts that do not evaporate, and can be used to replace the current aqueous amine technology with proprietary ionic liquid – amine technology. Sour,” or contaminated natural gas, represents more than half of worldwide reserves. Amines are chemically reactive to acid gases, and can reduce acid gs to low levels.