DOE launches design & construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility at PNNL

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has begun work on the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a $75-million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington that will boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage. Validation: The facility will enable independent testing of next generation grid energy storage materials and systems under realistic grid operating conditions.

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Volkswagen launches new research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s Innovation Hub Knoxville, the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT).

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. The ev2g project is designed to answer a number of questions, including: Inverter.

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ARPA-E awarding $9.4M to 4 projects focused on removing sulfur hexafluoride from US grid

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million to develop technology focused on removing sulfur hexafluoride (SF 6 )from the US power grid. The four projects selected to receive funding include the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.; GE Grid Solutions, LLC in Charleroi, Pa.; University of Connecticut. Studies suggest GE’s alternative environmentally friendly gas mixture g 3 (green gas for grid) as a promising potential replacement for SF 6. GE Grid Solutions.

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V2G company Nuvve participating in California’s wholesale energy markets to help balance the grid

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Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, is participating in a program to deliver resource adequacy to local utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and California’s electrical grid using a large stationary battery located on the University of California San Diego’s (UC San Diego’s) campus microgrid. Nuvve offers AC and DC charging station options which are preconfigured to work with NUVVE’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe).

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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A researcher at the University of San Diego has used energy meter-level data from the San Diego region to analyze the energy load profiles of residential customers under the time-of-use (TOU) rate with and without EV charging requirements. The results, published in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , reveal potential issues for grid operations with greater EV adoption and the importance of careful TOU rate design.

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University of Waterloo opens new automotive research facility

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The University of Waterloo has opened a new automotive research and testing facility, setting the stage for technological advances that will benefit both consumers and the environment. The $10-million Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility is supported by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the University of Waterloo, and equipment suppliers.

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. The team designed a new Battery Management System (BMS) and packaging that allowed them to create a working and easily portable prototype ESS which included: The use of standard low cost components for control, communication and safety functions.

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Sendyne and the University Of Toronto enter research agreement for battery systems technology to accelerate EV and grid storage applications

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a New York-based semiconductor developer, and the University of Toronto have entered into a research agreement to develop systems and electronics with the goal of accelerating the adoption of large scale battery storage for Electric Vehicles (EV) and utility-scale battery packs. This research project will implement silicon designs to significantly improve the cost and performance of such battery storage systems. Sendyne Corp.,

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Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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A team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, together with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, is developing both the charging infrastructure and the energy management systems required to manage large fleets of EVs in a project called charge@work. The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources.

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. battery and a 480Vac power grid. The Battery Converter is based on IPC’s patented indirect power converter topology and its Universal Power Converter Platform, which uses a standard hardware platform to address multiple markets with only embedded software modifications.

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DOE announces Stage 1 CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Winners

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These conductivity-enhanced materials have the potential to lower the costs and impacts of adding renewables and electric cars to the grid, maximize next-generation energy storage technologies, and support electrification for energy-intensive sectors. The Clean Carbon Conductors team, with members from Rice University and DexMat Co, is designing enhanced-conductivity CNTs by improving fiber quality, alignment, packing density, and by electrochemically doping the CNTs.

ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. The four Kilovolt Devices OPEN+ projects will focus on a variety of challenges facing power electronics in the medium-voltage space, with a particular eye toward grid security and reliability. GE Global Research, Inline Gas Discharge Tube Breaker for Meshed MVDC Grids – $4,350,686.

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NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. The test plan is designed to test and evaluate the plug-in vehicle’s capability to provide power to the grid, and to evaluate the vehicle’s ability to connect and disconnect from the utility according to a subset of the IEEE Std. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2G

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. The most promising application identified for second use batteries is to replace grid-connected combustion turbine peaker plants and provide peak-shaving services. Laboratories, Universities, Future Repurposers, and other Third Parties.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Tags: Batteries Smart Grid

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DOE awards up to $40M for open-water, grid-connected wave energy testing facility

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility. The planned facility, to be completed by early 2020, includes four grid-connected berths where researchers can test full-scale wave energy conversion device concepts.

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Kettering University researchers working on more efficient Level 2 charger for HELLA

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Researchers in Kettering University’s Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) are working with HELLA on a more efficient Level-2 EV charger. Presently, level-2 EV chargers on the market have a three-stage design—converting AC grid voltage to 400 VDC; inverting this DC to high frequency AC to feed the transformer; and then rectifying AC to DC again to charge the battery.

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US DOE Awards More than $47M in Recovery Act Funding to Advance Smart Grid Development; New Smart Grid Report and Smart Grid Clearinghouse

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The US Department of Energy delivered more than $47 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for eight projects to further smart grid demonstration projects in seven states. The $47 million in new Recovery Act awards will support existing projects that are advancing demonstration-scale smart grid technologies. Smart grid supports EV and PHEV deployment through real-time pricing structures and bi-directional metering.

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Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. Grid scale storage requires a low cost, safe, and environmentally benign battery system. Batteries Smart Grid

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NETL investigating researching chemistries for large-scale battery- and supercapacitor-based grid energy storage systems

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The goal is to develop energy storage systems with high-energy density to meet the ever-demand for the electric grid to provide reliable, distributed power. This research is being performed through teamwork with local universities: the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland. High-energy density magnesium batteries for smart electrical grids.

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SAKOR Technologies to work with Michigan State University on thermal transient anemometer

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The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory. The TTA greatly enhances the ability to assess heat rejection, a major design consideration for all vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. After testing a vehicle with the TTA, designers can then use 3-dimensional modeling data to determine what might be causing any air flow blockages found.

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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These projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs—Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)—and will focus on innovations in battery management and storage to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid and provide important energy security benefits to US armed forces. Utah State University. Pennsylvania State University.

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University of Nottingham leading 3-year, £830K project on automotive power electronics

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The University of Nottingham (UK) is leading a 3-year, £830,000 (US$1.1-million) research project on power electronics—the EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics. The EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics will bring together the academic and industrial communities to identify and to address the long-term challenges in the design, manufacture, deployment and operational management of automotive electrical-power conversion and conditioning systems.

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Three Washington state utilities receive total of $14.3M in matching state grants for grid energy storage projects

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The total cost for the three smart grid demonstration projects is $35.3 Avista is participating in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project and previously received a DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant. Use cases include: (1) Energy shifting; (2) Provide grid flexibility; (3) Improve distribution systems efficiency; (4) enhanced voltage control; (5) Grid-connected and islanded micro-grid operations; and (6) Optimal utilization of energy storage.

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Xiamen University team assesses reasons for purchasing EVs in first-tier cities in China; smog a major factor

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A team of researchers at Xiamen University in China has examined the factors influencing electric vehicle uptake in major Chinese cities. A survey is designed and conducted to collect empirical data about the factors that may influence the purchasing intention about EVs; quantitative analyses of these factors are also implemented.

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Power-to-gas trial to inject hydrogen into Australia’s gas grid; A$5M award to AquaHydrex

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced a trial for a new type of electrolyzer which could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonize Australia’s gas supply. Power-to-gas involves converting electricity into hydrogen by splitting water, then injecting this into the gas grid, providing long-term energy storage and stabilization of variable output solar and wind power.

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California Energy Commission awards almost $1.6M for energy research projects; $600K to Seeo for solid-state Li-ion grid-storage battery system

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $1,585,490 to spur research on projects including a solid-state Li-ion battery system for grid-scale energy storage. The project plans to develop a solid-state grid-scale prototype for advanced lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that addresses the safety, cost, lifetime and energy density issues associated with lithium-ion batteries. Batteries Smart GridConventional Li-ion cell (left) compared to Seeo cell (right).

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SAKOR wins SCIP grant to work with MSU on thermal transient anemometer for vehicle design

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The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory. The TTA greatly enhances the ability to assess heat rejection, a major design consideration for all vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The new TTA will help ensure adequate heat rejection from the under-hood region of a new or revised vehicle design.

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New MIT metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems with liquid metal displacement batteries; inexpensive grid power storage

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A battery, based on electrodes made of sodium and nickel chloride and using thea new type of metal mesh membrane, could be used for grid-scale installations to make intermittent power sources such as wind and solar capable of delivering reliable baseload electricity. The use of the new type of membrane can be applied to a wide variety of molten-electrode battery chemistries, Sadoway said, and opens up new avenues for battery design.

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Update on JCESR’s progress toward 5-5-5 battery for EV and grid applications; convergent and divergent research strategies

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JCESR combines the R&D capabilities of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort to achieve revolutionary advances in battery performance, with electric cars and the electricity grid as the targets. This type of battery is well-suited for grid storage applications.

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DOE to provide up to $450M for design and commercialization of small modular nuclear reactors

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The funding is targeted to support first-of-its-kind engineering, design certification and licensing for up to two SMR designs over five years, subject to congressional appropriations. Small modular reactors, which are approximately one-third the size of current nuclear plants (about 350 MWe or less), have compact, scalable designs that are expected to offer a host of safety, construction and economic benefits, acording to the DOE.

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Chrysler Group in 5-year, $18.2M partnership with McMaster University to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains; funding from Canadian Government

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Chrysler Group LLC has entered a 5-year, $18.2-million partnership with McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components. Much of their work will be done at MARC, a $26-million facility where teams will be able to develop, design and test an electric or hybrid car.

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University of Delaware Licenses V2G Technology to AutoPort; 100 V2G EVs as Test Fleet

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The University of Delaware has signed the first license for its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with AutoPort, Inc., If the initial test is successful, and V2G vehicles are subsequently manufactured, the University would receive a royalty for each vehicle sold with V2G equipment. makes the electric drive system and designed the eBox, an all-electric car. A minimum of 60 vehicles is needed to produce one megawatt of power when the vehicles are plugged into the grid.

Oak Ridge AMIE demo integrates 3D-printed building, natural gas hybrid with bi-directional wireless power transfer

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The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy ( AMIE ) demonstration, displayed at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Industry Day event, is a model for energy-efficient systems that link buildings, vehicles and the grid. The demonstration also showcases additive manufacturing's rapid prototyping potential in architecture and vehicle design; the car and house both were built using large-scale 3D printers.

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Novel Approaches for Forecasting Electricity Demand

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BluWave is a cloud-based, AI-enabled platform that optimizes the operation of smart grids, microgrids, and electric-vehicle fleet operations. Being able to predict the electrical consumption ahead of time is of crucial importance for grid operators."

IBM Joins EDISON Project to Build Smart Grid for Electric Cars

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The EDISON effort (Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) consists of IBM, Denmark’s largest energy company DONG Energy, the regional energy company of Oestkraft, Technical University of Denmark, Siemens, Eurisco and the Danish Energy Association. The first step of the consortium is to develop smart technologies to be implemented on the Danish island of Bornholm, designed to function as a testbed.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $1.5M to Berkeley to advance open-source advanced smart charging technology; OpenVBOSS

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The California Energy Commission is awarding the University of California, Berkeley $1.5 million to develop an advanced smart charging technology that maintains plug-in electric vehicle consumer needs while reducing charging loads, to achieve electricity grid benefits. The proposed project addresses the problem of access and signals/controls for local data streams in order to control electricity systems loads for grid management.

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Honda and Ford separately launching smart home demos

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The site is on the campus of the University of California, Davis; the building process will be documented and shared through the Honda Smart Home US website. High-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and Lighting System designed by UC Davis. UC Davis energy research centers will design high-efficiency, cost effective solutions to major home energy loads. Additionally, a WaterSense-labeled home is designed to use 20% less water than a typical new home.

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DOT to award up to $60M for advanced transportation and congestion management projects; V2X, ITS and mobility services

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Integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems. Car Sharing Connected vehicles Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Mobility services Smart Grid Urban mobility V2X

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Stanford / SLAC’s new lithium-polysulfide flow battery design compared to conventional “redox” flow batteries. Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a new lithium/polysulfide (Li/PS) semi-liquid (flow) battery for large-scale energy storage, with lithium polysulfide (Li 2 S 8 ) in ether solvent as a catholyte and metallic lithium as an anode. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid

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DOE announces 15 Phase 1 semifinalists of Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced 15 Phase 1 semifinalists of the American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize, a $4-million competition designed to advance technologies and techniques to support direct lithium extraction from geothermal brines. Lithium, a critical material used in high-charge-density batteries for electric vehicles and grid-scale electricity storage, is a crucial element in the clean energy supply chain. George Washington University – Ellexco.

Univ. of Texas researchers propose lithium- or sodium-water batteries as next generation of high-capacity battery technology; applicable for EVs and grid storage

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Researchers at the University of Texas, including Dr. John Goodenough, are proposing a strategy for high-capacity next-generation alkali (lithium or sodium)-ion batteries using water-soluble redox couples as the cathode. The possibility of a flow-through mode for the cathode allows flexibility of the cell design for safe, large-capacity electrical-energy storage at an acceptable cost, they conclude. Example of a lithium-water rechargeable battery. Credit: ACS, Lu et al.

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