Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch test second-life EV battery electricity storage in Hamburg for grid stabilization

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Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch are testing the use of second-life EV batteries in a 2 MW, 2,800 kWh energy storage system in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. The electricity storage facility comprises 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric vehicles. It could supply electricity to an average two-person household for seven months. Bosch develops turnkey storage solutions for energy suppliers and industrial enterprises.

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Nissan tests LEAF for electric storage

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The Nissan LEAF is much more than an electric car: with the Japanese carmaker testing a system that will turn the vehicle into an electric storage system. A successful field test has been carried out, focusing on a system that will allow companies to regulate electricity bills using batteries from [.]. Latest News Green cars Electric cars Nissan

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ALTe Powertrain and Inmatech form JV for hybrid electric storage devices; Li-ion cells, supercaps, and control electronics

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ALTe Powertrain Technologies, the developer of a Range Extended Electric Powertrain used to repower light commercial vehicles up to 26,000 GVW ( earlier post ), has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to form a joint venture with Inmatech, Inc. , a spin-off from the University of Michigan and developer of advanced asymmetric supercapacitors, to produce and sell hybrid electric storage (HES) devices comprising Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors and control electronics.

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ARPA-E Battery/Storage Exposition 14 Jan

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ARPA-E has run and is running a number of programs directly related to energy storage. These include: AMPED (Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices). BEEST (Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation).

Nissan develops vehicle-to-home power system for LEAF

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Soon the electricity stored in the lithium-ion batteries of a Nissan LEAF could make its way into the home. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Nissan electricity storage Nissan energy storage Nissan LEAF vehicle to home electricityThat’s because Nissan has introduced a vehicle-to-home power system that can be installed in ordinary homes.

Researchers work on process to store renewable electricity

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Austria and Germany have combined their intellect to develop a process to store renewable electricity. They believe it is possible to store the renewable electricity as synthetic natural [.]. The process has been developed by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg in co-operation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology.

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ICL model predicts lithium-ion batteries most competitive for storage applications by 2030

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levelized cost)—as opposed to the investment cost—of 9 electricity storage technologies for 12 different applications between 2015 and 2050. Lithium-ion batteries were once expensive and suited only to niche applications, but they are now being manufactured in such volumes, their costs are coming down much faster than the competing storage technologies. Researchers at Imperial College London (ICL) developed a model to determine the lifetime costs (i.e.,

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ENGIE New Ventures increases investment in 2nd-life battery company Connected Energy

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Based in the United Kingdom, Connected Energy uses end-of-life EV batteries to create energy storage systems. Connected Energy’s E-STOR, a stationary energy storage technology that extends the life of electric vehicle batteries by 5-10 years, is deployed whenever flexible, modular and short or longer-term electricity storage systems are needed. Batteries Electric (Battery

Electrovaya Partners on Approx. $7.5M Utility Energy Storage Demonstration

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is the energy storage partner for a utility demonstration project led by CEATI International Inc., The large-scale, multi-site, multi-partner initiative will demonstrate the capabilities, versatility and economics of utility-scale electricity storage based on Electrovaya’s modular Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery technology. Investigation into repurposing electric vehicle batteries for Smart Grid application. Canada-based Li-ion maker Electrovaya Inc.

ORNL demos 20 kW bi-directional wireless charging on UPS PHEV truck; 11" air gap, >92% efficiency

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in late February demonstrated a 20-kilowatt bi-directional wireless charging system installed on a UPS medium-duty, plug-in hybrid electric delivery truck. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Wireless

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Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous; storage for microgrid activities

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majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH. The company is involved in battery storage systems and associated control systems, and has already implemented storage solutions around the world. Rolls-Royce now holds a 73.1%

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Mitsubishi joins PSA and other French partners in second-life batteries demonstration

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced the launch of a joint demonstration project for utilizing used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles. The project will be executed in partnership with Electricité de France (EDF); Forsee Power, a key provider of energy storage solutions sponsored by EDF; and PSA Peugeot Citroën. Low voltage (48 Volts) Energy Storage System use of new automotive batteries.

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PowerCell Sweden receives first marine order for two S3 prototype stacks; on-board H2 production via solar electricity

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The ship will be supplied with a system that encompasses on-board production of hydrogen gas from solar electricity, storage of hydrogen gas and two fuel cells each one 30 kW, which amounts to 80 hp in total. PowerCell Sweden AB has received the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks, which Swiss Hydrogen will install on a ship powered by photovoltaics. PowerCells’ partner Swiss Hydrogen is developing energy systems for a range of fuel cell applications.

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Total to acquire battery-maker Saft in US$1.1-billion deal

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The combination of Saft and Total will enable Saft to become the Group’s spearhead in electricity storage. The acquisition of Saft is part of Total’s ambition to accelerate its development in the fields of renewable energy and electricity, initiated in 2011 with the acquisition of SunPower. It will notably allow us to complement our portfolio with electricity storage solutions, a key component of the future growth of renewable energy.

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Electric Vehicles Open-up New Business Opportunities

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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. The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. Batteries Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap; 44% reduction in manufactured cost for 300-mile EV pack by 2030

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap , the Department’s first comprehensive energy storage strategy. billion into energy storage research and development—$400 million per year, on average.

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Nissan and 4R Energy develop new EV charging system combining solar and Li-ion batteries

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and 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture established by Nissan and Sumitomo Corporation in September 2010 to explore second-life applications for automotive battery packs ( earlier post ), have developed a charging system for electric vehicles that combines a solar power generation system with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. 95 kWh storage battery (AESC); Grid management unit with rated power output of 200 kW. Nissan Motor Co.,

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Cummins acquiring Efficient Drivetrains; accelerating electrification capabilities

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EDI), which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets. EDI’s hybrid-electric drivetrain systems, the EDI PowerDrive series, have traveled more than six million miles in fleet settings in the United States and China. Upon the addition of its fully-electric and unique four-mode hybrid powertrains, EDI will broaden Cummins’ electrification expertise and products. Cummins Inc.

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Toyota Motor to sell electricity management system using recycled NiMH vehicle batteries to Toyota dealers in Japan

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Starting this April, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will sell an electricity management system that uses recycled nickel-metal hydride batteries from hybrid vehicles to Toyota vehicle dealers throughout Japan. The energy management system will make it possible to control the consumption, storage, and discharge of electricity, as well as increase usage efficiency.

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Japan V2G demonstrator project using EVs as virtual power plant resource; METI funding

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Seven companies—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. Commencing today, the project aims to build a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system, and through this a business model that utilizes the electricity storage capabilities of multiple EV/PHEVs to regulate power demand and supply between the grid and electric vehicles. Electric (Battery) Japan Plug-ins V2XTEPCO); TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc.; TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.; Hitachi Systems Power Service, Ltd.;

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GM researchers demonstrate hierarchical electrode architectures for high energy lithium-chalcogen rechargeable batteries

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lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and lithium selenium (Li-Se) systems— are promising candidates for high energy electrical storage solution. 7 mg S/cm 2 ) was also suggested for specific practical applications, such as electrical vehicle applications. Lithium-chalcogen batteries—e.g.,

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Continuous test operation begins for large-format Li-ion energy storage system at power plant

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Evonik Industries, STEAG, and other project partners put a lithium electricity storage system (LESSY) into operation at STEAG’s Fenne power plant in Völklingen, Saarland, Germany. The large-format energy storage system was developed under a research initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The system is designed to accommodate 4,700 lithium-ion battery cells with a storage capacity of around 700 kWh and an output of around 1 megawatt.

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Brattle Group: electric power sector investments of $75B – $125B needed to support projected 20M EVs in US by 2030

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Electric vehicles (EVs) will be a major disruptor for the US electric power sector, with the number of EVs in the US projected to increase from 1.5 The batteries installed in 20 million EVs will have up to 1,600 GWh of electricity storage capacity.

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CEC awards Eos Energy Storage $2.1M to demo AC-integrated zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology for grid storage

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million to Eos Energy Storage, LLC to demonstrate an AC-integrated system incorporating the company’s zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology (“Zynth”) to enhance renewable energy generation and provide grid-scale, multi-hour energy storage. Znyth battery technology uses a safe aqueous electrolyte and a novel zinc-hybrid cathode to enable extremely low-cost electricity storage and long life. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $2.1

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems introduces Marine Hybrid System

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The XeroPoint Hybrid system consists of a diesel engine and an electric motor that independently or simultaneously drive a propulsion shaft. With only the diesel engine providing power, the electric motor acts as a shaft-driven generator providing power to meet the vessels hotel loads. Auxiliary generators and optional electrical storage provide power for propulsion through the electric motor during electric or diesel-electric modes of operation.

sonnen accelerates US market efforts with solar-plus-storage technology package

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sonnen, the European market leader for smart energy storage systems, announced a partnership with SolarWorld, the largest crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer in the US and PetersenDean, the nation’s largest residential roofing company with more than a million roofs under its belt. The new solar-plus-storage package offers US homeowners a straightforward path for using renewable energy. and efficiency financing, to develop new financing for energy storage.

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STEAG investing €100M in a total of 90 MW of grid energy storage systems with LG Chem Li-ion batteries

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German utility STEAG is investing around €100 million in grid energy storage systems (ESS) totalling 90 MW, equipped with Li-ion cells from LG Chem. The storage systems are to be used to provide primary control power—a service for stabilization of the networks—for which the Transmission System Operators invite bids on a weekly basis. Storage facilities and the creation of flexibility are essential elements in the implementation of the energy transition in Germany.

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Eos Energy Storage introduces grid-scale battery system at $160/kWh

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Eos Energy Storage announced the commercial availability of its MW-scale Aurora system for deliveries starting in 2016. Eos’s standard Aurora 1000|4000 product, a containerized 1 MW DC battery system providing four continuous hours of discharge, offers a cost-effective energy storage solution competitive with gas peaking generation and utility distribution infrastructure. With a 30-year life, Eos is can provide peak electricity at a levelized cost of $0.12-0.17

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UniEnergy signs commercialization agreement for PNNL-developed vanadium redox flow battery

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First developed in the 1970s, redox flow batteries are one type of storage technology that has shown the ability to meet the challenge of integrating energy from variable and intermittent sources such as wind and solar power onto the electricity grid while maintaining grid stability. With funding from the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, researchers at PNNL have made significant progress in improving the performance of redox flow technology.

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. The remarkable advantage for BMW customers in using BMW i3 batteries as a plug and play storage application is the ability to tap into an alternative resource for residential and commercial backup power, thus using renewable energy much more efficiently, and enabling additional revenues from the energy market. BMW i 360° Electric.

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Alberta publishes report assessing non-combustion uses for bitumen, opens $2M call for projects

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Vanadium flow batteries for electricity storage. These products offset the potential reduction in the demand growth of bitumen from factors such as increased global oil supplies, environmental concerns about fossil fuels, energy conservation, and electric vehicles. Alberta Innovates, in partnership with industry, government and other organizations, recently released the results of a study that investigates the best opportunities for “Bitumen Beyond Combustion” (BBC).

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Toshiba begins demo operation of power-to-gas system; solar-to-H2

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H2One combines photovoltaic installations, storage batteries, hydrogen-producing water electrolysis equipment, hydrogen and water tanks, and fuel cells. Electricity generated from the photovoltaic installations is used to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks and used in fuel cells that produce electricity and hot water. Hydrogen tank storage capacity. Electricity storage capacity.

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Graphene 3D Lab showing prototype 3D printed battery; potential for structural batteries

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Graphene 3D Labs combines graphene nanoplatelets with thermoplastics used in FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printing, ultimately resulting in a functionalized 3D printing filament offering electrical conductivity. Researchers in Sweden are exploring the use of carbon fiber as an active electrode in a multifunctional structural Li-ion battery in an electric car; i.e., electrical storage is incorporated into the body of the car. Graphene 3D Lab Inc.,

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ARPA-E issues $100M OPEN funding opportunity announcement to support early-stage energy R&D

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Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both conventional and renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non- renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

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ITM Power launching enhanced Power-to-Gas range; two new reference plants in Germany

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Recognizing the market pull for ever larger electrolyzer systems for Power-to-Gas energy storage, ITM Power has brought to fruition two key technical initiatives in order to better meet the requirements of widespread uptake. The drastically reduced footprint helps alleviate siting challenges, where space is highly valued, for both energy storage and hydrogen refueling applications. The major Power-to-Gas energy storage adoption markets today are Germany and the US.

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California Hydrogen Business Council says a robust P2G RD&D program should be a priority for the state

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The paper, —“Power-To-Gas: The Case For Hydrogen”—outlines the feasibility and economics of renewable energy storage solutions using P2G. P2G converts electrical energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen. According to the white paper, an important distinction between P2G and other forms of energy storage is that P2G allows conversion of energy amongst a variety of sectors and end-uses (e.g.,

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Researchers in China investigate use of coal as source of lithium

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Worldwide annual consumption of lithium grew from 15,100 tonnes in 2003 to 37,000 tonnes by 2012, a 145% increase; demand is expected to rise even further with the move towards sustainable power and electrical storage capacity increases. Shenjun Qin of Hebei University of Engineering, in Handan, China, and colleagues point out that coal is a highly polluting energy source that is still widely used for electricity generation and other applications.

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Empa, UNIGE team develop prototype solid-state sodium battery; focus on improving the solid-solid interface

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The closo-borate solid electrolyte withstood three volts, whereas many solid electrolytes previously studied are damaged at the same voltage, said Arndt Remhof, a re­searcher at Empa and leader of the project, which is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research on Heat and Electricity Storage (SCCER-HaE).

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U of Illinois team models capabilities of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for general aviation aircraft

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have utilized a series of simulations to model the performance of twin-engine hybrid-electric general-aviation propulsion systems. The researchers compared the sensitivity of range and fuel economy to the level of electrification, battery specific energy density, and electric motor power density. The same sensitivities were studied with a series hybrid-electric drivetrain.

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

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Schematic comparing the cost and dispatchability of PV to CSP with thermal storage. The “PV+Storage” box includes the high cost of electrical storage for PV. The FOCUS Program target zone for electricity generation is indicated. The primary goal of this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0000949 ) is to provide disruptive new solar conversion and storage technology options to enable a much higher penetration of solar energy generation into the US energy mix.

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Toshiba H2One hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system now providing power to a Kyushu Resort Hotel; hydrogen storage alloy

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One commercially available MmNi 5 alloy from Sigma-Aldrich offers hydrogen storage capacity of 1.5-1.6 25 °C—not at all sufficient for on-board vehicle storage, but not a problem for a stationary system. Photovoltaic capacity: 62 kW; Fuel cell output: 54kW; Electricity storage capacity: 1.8 The hydrogen is stored in the system’s integrated tank, ready for use on demand, and in winter powers fuel cells that generate electricity and warm water.

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New cathodes for low-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells

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In June 2014, ARPA-E launched its Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, with a focus on low-cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cells (ITFCs) emphasizing three technical approaches: the production of efficient, reliable ITFCs; the integration of ITFCs and electricity storage at the device level; and the use of ITFCs to convert methane or other gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid fuels using excess energy.

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