Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The Faraday Institution will award up to £55 million (US$67 million) to five UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research to make step changes in battery chemistries, systems and manufacturing methods. The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics. Next generation sodium ion batteries–NEXGENNA. Batteries

2019 79

Cornell team suggests engineered bacteria could address current limitations of energy storage technologies

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Raising the penetration of renewable —an intermittent—sources of energy into the grid will require large scale electrical energy storage and retrieval. However, at present, no existing technology provides such storage and retrieval at a low financial and environmental cost. We think biology plays a significant role in creating a sustainable energy infrastructure. Electroactive microbes enable replacing biological light harvesting with photovoltaics.

2019 91

Siemens installing Sitras supercap-based stationary energy storage unit for TriMet light right substation

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Siemens is currently installing the first Sitras SES (stationary energy storage) Energy Storage Unit with supercapacitor technology in the US on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Line. Usable energy content. Max energy saving per hour.

2013 106

Report: VW invests in novel energy storage company QuantumScape and its solid-state “All Electron Battery”

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Volkswagen executives have been hinting for awhile now about taking a different approach to high-energy-density electrical storage for long-range electric vehicles than the more “conventional” next-generation Li-ion or Li-metal battery pathways. Batteries

2014 115

Kreisel Electric introduces Li-ion home energy storage systems; 9.6 kW output for faster EV charging

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Austrian manufacturer of high-performance batteries Kreisel Electric ( earlier post ) has introduced the MAVERO home energy storage system. The Li-ion battery packs are available in four different sizes, with usable capacity ranging from 8 kWh to 22 kWh.

2016 106

SolarCity introduces energy storage for businesses; Tesla battery technology

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SolarCity has unveiled a smart energy storage system to address rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages affecting businesses. Developed with battery technology from Tesla Motors, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers.

GM and ABB demonstrate community energy storage system built from 5 used Volt batteries; Duke Energy testing

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GM and ABB partnered to produce a prototype back-up power storage unit that repackages five used Volt batteries into a modular unit that becomes an uninterruptible power supply and grid power balancing system. —Pablo Valencia, GM senior manager of battery lifecycle management.

2012 146

UC Irvine study concludes intelligent PEV charging can minimize scale of stationary energy storage needed to meet renewable targets

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In the study, published in the Journal of Power Sources , the UC Irvine team examined how the intelligence of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) integration impacted the required capacity of energy storage systems to meet renewable utilization targets for a large-scale energy system, using California as an example for meeting a 50% and 80% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2030 and 2050. V2G potentially eliminates the need for stationary storage at high BEV deployment.

2016 80

New safety test environment for high-speed flywheels for energy storage systems; new high-speed imaging techniques

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Operating at extremely high rotational speeds, these systems offer a practical and potentially cost-effective mechanical means of saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions through the mechanical storage and reuse of energy in applications such as regenerative braking.

2015 108

JRC assesses EU RD&D investments in electric-drive vehicles; controls and energy storage top the list

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Controls and energy storage top the list. The greatest amount of investment is related to, in order of funding, controls; energy storage; vehicle body and architecture; and electric motors. HI-WI, iKRAVT); controls for energy storage systems (i.e.

2013 98

AllCell and Matra Debut Solar Energy Storage Battery Swap and Charging System at Paris Motor Show

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Solar Flow-R system distributes solar energy to light electric vehicle batteries and utility consumers. The Paris Motor Show saw the debut of a solar energy storage system to support light electric vehicle battery swaps and charging.

2010 102

Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project gets green light; tying in renewables

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The research project will run for three years under the aegis of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This adds further depth to the role of electric mobility as an intrinsic element of the energy revolution.

2019 78

Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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Overview of the three vehicle classes identified in the study, and their corresponding battery technologies. The EU’s legislative and regulatory framework should guarantee a fair and technology-neutral competition between battery technologies. Lead-based batteries.

Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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A new new forum for the advocacy and development of liquid air as an alternative technology to harness waste and surplus energy within power and transport—the Liquid Air Energy Network (LAEN)—has formed in the UK. Example power cycle of the cryogenic (e.g.,

2013 119

ISE Standardizing Energy Storage Systems Controls Interface to Allow Easier Use By Other Manufacturers

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ISE Corporation, which has been developing and incorporating its energy storage systems into its own heavy-duty drive systems since 1999, is now standardizing its controls interface to allow other manufacturers more easily to integrate ISE energy storage technologies into their own applications.

2009 107

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute awards firm contract for Altairnano Energy Storage System

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has been awarded a firm contract with the Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to supply a one-megawatt ALTI-ESS energy storage system for a test of wind energy integration. The system will be installed at the Hawi wind farm on the island of Hawai’i and connected to the Hawai’i Electric Light Company (HELCO) utility grid. Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

LLNL-led team gains insight into electronic structure changes in supercapacitor electrodes; research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers and their colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the Nanosystem Research Institute in Japan have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. Supercapacitors store electrical energy solely by polarization of the electrode–electrolyte interface. Batteries

2015 73

500 kW Solar PV system goes online at Fords Michigan Assembly; 2 MWh energy storage system

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The system is the result of collaboration between Ford, DTE Energy, Xtreme Power, the city of Wayne and the state of Michigan. Ford collaborated with DTE Energy to install the 500 kW solar photovoltaic panel system at Michigan Assembly. The system will be integrated with a 750-kilowatt energy storage facility that can store 2 million watt-hours of energy using batteries.

2011 69

Volvo Buses in project researching use of second-life electric bus batteries to store solar energy

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Volvo Buses is participating in a research project in which used electric bus batteries are used as solar energy storage units. Batteries from electric bus route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden are being used for solar energy storage in a second-life application.

2018 120

Nano-Terra, Inc. and Exide Technologies Announce Collaboration on Energy Storage Solutions

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a surface engineering and nanotechnology co-development company and Exide Technologies, one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, have formed an alliance to develop innovative energy storage solutions. Nano-Terra will use its expertise in surface chemistry and surface engineering to create a number of innovative functionalities for stored energy solutions manufactured by Exide for motive power, network power and transportation applications.

2009 60

ARPA-E trying to assist non-funded applicants find other funding sources; energy storage, biofuels and renewable power the top categories

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Since its first funding opportunity announcement in April 2009, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy) has received scores of promising ideas for the next generation of energy technologies. The listing, which includes 85 organizations as of 22 January, is grouped into 13 categories, with the largest categories being energy storage (29 applicants); biofuels (17); and renewable power (13): Biofuels (17).

2011 76

Maxwell supplying ultracapacitors for light rail braking energy recuperation system; 2.8% energy savings

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is supplying ultracapacitors for an energy-saving braking energy recuperation system that American Maglev Technology (AMT), is installing on light rail vehicles operated by the Portland, Oregon area’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet). Batteries China Rai

2013 125

DOE Announces $100M Available for ARPA-Es 3rd Funding Opportunity; Focus on Grid-Scale Energy Storage, Electrical Power Technology, and Building Energy Efficiency

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At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington this week, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available for ARPA-E’s third round of funding opportunity. The third round is focused specifically on three technology areas: Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS). Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT).

2010 73

Daimler Trucks & Buses and CATL enter global Li-ion battery cell modules supply agreement for electric trucks

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Daimler Trucks & Buses and battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have entered a global battery cell modules supply agreement for electric trucks. CATL will supply lithium-ion battery cell modules for a wide range of Daimler Trucks & Buses’ global electric truck portfolio to be introduced in markets from 2021 onwards, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, the Freightliner eCascadia and the Freightliner eM2. Batteries Heavy-duty

2019 75

NEC develops prototype 4.5V, long-life manganese Li-ion battery; 30% more energy density, high capacity and light weight

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High voltage lithium-ion battery prototype. NEC Corporation has developed a prototype next-generation manganese lithium-ion battery featuring cathodes that support higher voltage operations (4.5V As a result, energy density increased by approximately 30% to 200 Wh/kg from 150 Wh/kg.

2012 104

Study sees gradual, focused replacement of lead-acid SLI batteries by Li-ion batteries over next couple of years

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A study by a team of researchers from Germany and South Africa forsees the gradual replacement of lead-acid SLI (starter, lighting and ignition) batteries with Li-ion batteries over the next couple of years. In the paper, the team reviewed a range of factors specific to the use of Li-ion as an SLI battery in light of some of the technology challenges and market opportunities. Batteries

2019 87

Lead battery research consortium promises big leap in performance; technical roadmap under development

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A global battery consortium charged with advancing lead battery technology has re-launched as it prepares a new technical roadmap designed to extend both the performance and lifetime of the core battery technology. Since it was formed as the ALABC 25 years ago, the Consortium for Battery Innovation has ushered in innovations including start-stop batteries to help reduce CO 2 emissions and boost fuel economy. Batteries

2019 79

Li-ion battery maker CATL opens its first North American sales and service facility

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Ltd ( CATL ), a leading global supplier and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery products for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage facilities, is renewing its commitment to the US market by opening its first North American sales and service facility. CATL currently supplies the North American market with core battery technologies for EVs and energy storage solutions. Batteries Electric (Battery Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

2018 83

Voltaiq survey on battery industry finds analytical challenges and resource constraints as major obstacles to product development

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Voltaiq, a developer of advanced battery analytics solutions, has released , in partnership with Total Battery Consulting, an industry survey examining many of the challenges and opportunities battery manufacturers, suppliers and integrators currently face.

2019 92

UCSD, South 8 team report improved liquefied-gas electrolytes for Li-metal batteries

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Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017—liquefied gas electrolytes—could pave the way to replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. Department of Energy under the Battery500 Consortium. Batteries

2019 111

Tsinghua review of solid-state Li-metal batteries finds great promise, but much work still to be done

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However, the competitive solid-state Li-metal batteries encounter formidable challenges, including dendrite issues and poor solid-solid contact. The large impedance can result in fatal effects on the cycling performance of solid-state batteries. Batteries Solid-state

2019 111

Japan researchers develop all-solid-state batteries with low resistance at electrode/solid electrolyte interface

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A team from Tohoku University and Tokyo Tech have addressed one of the major disadvantages of all-solid-state batteries by developing batteries with a low resistance at their electrode/solid electrolyte interface. cm 2 in solid-state Li batteries with Li(Ni 0.5

2018 116

Navigant: 2016 advanced battery shipments through Q3 = 323M cells and $3.8B in sales

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According to a new report from Navigant Research, the shipment volume of advanced batteries for the first three quarters of 2016 equates to more than 323.5 million individual battery cells, 16.1 GWh of energy capacity, 61.4 Batteries Sales

2017 85

Daimler battery subsidiary Accumotive doubles the amount of employees to approximately 1,000

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Daimler AG is expanding its global battery production network and is paving the way for the creation of a cross-divisional electro initiative. Accumotive was founded in 2009 is producing lithium ion-batteries for Mercedes-Benz and smart brand vehicles. A second battery factory is being built at this site with an investment of €500 million. The second battery factory in Kamenz has been designed as a CO 2 -neutral factory. Batteries

2018 91

Saft Supplying Li-ion Storage for ABB SVC Light Grid System

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Saft is providing the Li-ion (lithium-ion) battery technology for ABB’s new SVC (Static Var Compensator) Light with Energy Storage—its latest development within the FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems) family. Hierarchy of the battery solution.

2010 104

New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

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Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. Batteries Sensors

2018 124

BorgWarner forming JV with Romeo Power to add battery packs to propulsion portfolio

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BorgWarner is forming a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology, a technology-leading battery module and pack supplier. This joint venture will not only complement our strong existing propulsion portfolio, but we expect it to fill a gap in the marketplace between battery cell manufacturers and hybrid and electric vehicle customers. The joint venture will encompass the mobility portion of the battery pack business, initially focused on performance and light vehicles.

2019 69

New group of materials could lead to faster-charging Li-ion batteries

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The researchers, led by Professor Clare Grey, found that lithium ions move through the materials at rates that far exceed those of typical electrode materials, which equates to a much faster-charging battery. The faster this process occurs, the faster the battery can be charged.

2018 110

Fisker unveils EMotion electric luxury sedan; prototype flexible solid-state battery cell; automotive-ready after 2020

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Fisker also displayed a working solid-state battery in a case and an actual bulk battery without a case. The working battery is half the size of a cell phone battery, 2mm thick and with superior energy storage. Batteries Electric (Battery) Solid-state

2018 85

U Waterloo team shows four-electron conversion for Li-O2 batteries for high energy density; inorganic molten salt electrolyte, high temperature

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Chemists from the University of Waterloo have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100% coulombic efficiency. By operating the battery at 150 ?C Batteries Li-O2

Sanyo to Begin Mass Production of Li-ion Systems for Power Storage and Light Electric Vehicle Applications

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Sanyo Li-ion systems for power storage (left) and light electric vehicle (right) applications. has developed two new lithium-ion battery systems and will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010. Battery capacity. Tags: Batteries

2009 119

Lux suggests how LG Chem might overtake EV battery leader Panasonic

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Panasonic’s 39% share of the battery market for plug-in vehicles makes it the leading supplier, but its reliance on a single deal with EV leader Tesla leaves it vulnerable, according to the consultancy. The report is part of the Lux Research Energy Storage Intelligence service.

2015 120

JRC study finds 8 metals for low-carbon energy technologies at risk of shortages; EVs, wind and solar, and lighting the applications of most concern

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A new European Joint Research Centre (JRC) study looking into the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of low-carbon energy technologies found that eight metals were at high risk of shortages. The applications, i.e. technologies, of particular concern as a result are electric vehicles, wind and solar energy, and lighting. Where possible, the study models the implications for materials demand as a result of the scenarios described in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050.

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