UT Arlington project for Navy investigating how batteries age when run at high rates

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A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher is working to determine how oversized a battery has to be while operating safely and efficiently during its lifetime of use by the US Navy. Wetz’s Pulsed Power and Energy Laboratory has received important Office of Naval Research funding during the last couple of years, including: A $185,000 ONR grant to design and evaluate controls for a 1000 volts-direct-current lead-acid battery for use in shipboard applications.

US Navy-led study of ultracapacitors finds Skeleton outperforms Ioxus, Maxwell, JM Energy for transient load applications

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Among the new power architectures that hold a great deal of promise are hybrid energy storage modules that integrate energy dense batteries with power dense ultracapacitors (UCs) into a single power supply that augments traditional generation technologies. UC manufacturers have made considerable advances to increase both the power and energy density of UCs. As for the JM Energy cell, it was the least power dense and had the highest ESR of the four cells tested.

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GM makes its largest green energy purchase to date; 50 MW wind deal

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General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its US facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. When the contract begins in the first half of 2018, 6% of GM’s global energy use will be powered by renewable energy.

DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The TCF was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to promote promising energy technologies. Integrated Power Block Heat Exchanger/Thermal Energy Storage System for CSP Plants, $348,000 CFOAM LLC, Triadelphia, W. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver, Colo.

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ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel to convene 2nd meeting in November

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The ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) will convene its second plenary meeting on 17-18 November 2011, in Arlington, Virginia, to continue work on a strategic roadmap identifying the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable the widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States.

ARPA-E Begins Reviewing Second Round of Concept Papers for Transformational Energy RD

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy has received 583 concept papers in response to its second Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) released 7 December 2009. More specifically, 248 proposals were received in the Innovative Materials & Processes for Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies category, 245 in the Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation category and 90 related to Electrofuels.

DOE FCTO selects 11 fuel cell incubator projects for up to $10M in awards; exploring alkaline exchange membrane FCs

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has selected 11 projects to receive up to $10 million in funding through the fuel cell technology incubator FOA ( earlier post ) in support of innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding to 43 transit agencies for projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from both vehicles and facilities. Selection criteria included a project’s ability to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and also to provide a return on the investment. The primary use of electrical energy by GLPTC is by its garage and maintenance facilities.

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