Natron collaborates with Clarios on first mass manufacturing of Sodium-ion batteries

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Natron Energy, a manufacturer of sodium-ion batteries, and Clarios International Inc., a manufacturer of low-voltage advanced battery technologies for mobility, will collaborate to manufacture the first mass-produced sodium-ion batteries.

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Argonne researchers find cathode material synthesis a key reason for performance degradation of sodium-ion batteries

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One of the more promising candidates for batteries beyond the current standard of lithium-ion materials is the sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery. Na-ion is particularly attractive because of the greater abundance and lower cost of sodium compared with lithium.

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CATL introduces first generation of sodium-ion batteries; up to 160 Wh/kg; targeting >200 Wh/kg with Gen 2

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CATL) unveiled its first-generation sodium-ion battery, together with its AB battery pack solution—which is able to integrate sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack. This has become a bottleneck for the industrialization of sodium-ion batteries.

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ion Ventures and LiNa Energy conclude successful test of solid-state sodium-nickel battery platform

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LiNa Energy is commercializing a safe, ~$50kWh (at mass manufacturing), cobalt-free battery platform that is suited to grid storage and the electrification of transportation. In January, LiNa energy announced a four-year industry-sponsored research program with Imperial College London.

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WSU, PNNL researchers develop viable sodium battery

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A paper on their work is published in the journal, ACS Energy Letters. Although O3-layered metal oxides are promising cathode materials for high-energy Na-ion batteries, they suffer from fast capacity fade.

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Faradion receives first order for sodium-ion batteries for Australian market

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the leader in sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology, has received its first order from ICM Australia for high-energy sodium-ion batteries for use in the Australian market. Faradion prioritized developing high-energy density cells. UK-based Faradion Ltd.,

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New class of high entropy materials for energy storage applications

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A team led by researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany is proposing a new class of high entropy materials for energy storage applications. Unlike conventional (non-entropy-stabilized) oxyfluorides, the new material shows enhanced Li storage properties due to entropy stabilization, which, in general, facilitates tailoring the cycling performance by varying the constituent elements in yet unprecedented ways.

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CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles 

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CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles . The Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), the world’s largest electric car battery maker has unveiled a new battery that runs on the affordable and abundantly available sodium instead of lithium.

BC Hydro and SC Electric Company partner on sodium-sulfur battery energy storage project

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BC Hydro has selected S&C Electric Company, a renewable energy integration company, for a sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery energy storage project intended to improve service reliability for a remote mountain community in British Columbia. The energy storage solution utilizes two battery systems, one installed in the community of Field and a second in Golden, BC, to provide back-up power for Field and to shave peak loads.

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Natron Energy awarded $3M by California Energy Commission to pair energy storage with EV fast charging

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Natron Energy, a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has ( earlier post ), has been awarded a $3-million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support.” Natron will utilize the funds to manufacture and install a high powered, long cycle life energy storage system at an EV Fast Charging station.

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

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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. The new projects in four focus areas join the existing Faraday Institution research projects that collectively aim to deliver the organisation’s mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies to benefit the UK in the global race to electrification.

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Sodium-ion energy storage in nanocellular carbon foams shows high capacity and rate retention; not an intercalation battery

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report in a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters on high-capacity, high-rate sodium-ion (Na-ion) energy storage in functionalized high-surface-area nanocellular carbon foams (NCCF). Sodium-ion intercalation batteries—i.e., Using sodium ions instead of lithium ions in a battery is attractive because it could potentially be much less expensive and safer, and it would be more environmentally benign.

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy closes £3.5M funding round

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy ( earlier post ) has closed out a £3.5-million (US$4.8-million) late seed funding round, attracting a combination of existing and new investors. LiNa Energy, a spin-out from Lancaster University, established in 2017, is commercializing a safe, cobalt- and lithium-free solid-state sodium battery. For a small yet disruptive technology company like LiNa Energy, this funding is critical.

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Xcel Terms First Phase of Sodium-Sulfur Battery Wind Energy Storage Test Project Successful

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Xcel Energy has released the preliminary results from its wind-to-battery (W2B) storage project in Minnesota, and termed the technology successful. In October 2008, Xcel began testing a one-megawatt sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery ( earlier post ) to demonstrate its ability to store wind energy and move it to the electricity grid when needed. —Frank Novachek, Xcel Energy director of corporate planning. Xcel Energy purchased the battery from NGK Insulators Ltd.

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New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

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Scheme of the new full sodium-ion battery, which combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode. A team led by Yang-Kook Sun at Hanyang University (South Korea), Bruno Scrosati at University of Rome Sapienza, and Khalil Amine at Argonne National Laboratory reports the development of a sodium-ion battery based on a carbon-coated Fe 3 O 4 anode, Na[Ni 0.25 4Li 2 O + 3Fe); it undergoes a similar conversion reaction when used in a sodium cell.

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

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses. military at forward operating bases in remote areas —Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Advanced Management And Protection Of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED). Energy Storage SBIR/STTR Project Descriptions.

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Ultrahigh-capacity anodes derived from natural silk for Li-ion batteries; other energy storage applications

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Researchers at the Beijing Institute of Technology have found a way to process biomass-derived natural silk to create carbon-based nanosheets that could potentially be used in Li-ion batteries and other energy storage devices. The HPNC-NS show favorable features for electrochemical energy storage such as high specific surface area (SBET: 2494 m 2 /g); high volume of hierarchical pores (2.28 through a facile synthesis route for highly efficient energy storage devices.

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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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Described in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the smart membrane separator could enable the design of a new category of rechargeable/refillable energy storage devices with high energy density and specific power that would overcome the contemporary limitations of electric vehicles. Travis Herya and Vishnu-Baba Sundaresan (2016) “Ionic redox transistor from pore-spanning PPy(DBS) membranes” Energy Environ.

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Faradion demonstrates proof-of-concept sodium-ion electric bike

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British battery R&D company Faradion has demonstrated a proof-of-concept electric bike powered by sodium-ion batteries at the headquarters of Williams Advanced Engineering, which collaborated in the development of the bike. Although lithium-ion batteries are currently the predominant battery technology in electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as other energy storage applications, sodium-ion could offer significant cost, safety and sustainability benefits.

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BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. The research group of Professor Xiangwu Zhang from North Carolina State University presents the concept of high-performance sodium-ion batteries that applies special electrode preparation methods. The Open Innovation Contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources.

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NYSERDA awards $2M to 8 projects to develop advanced energy storage technologies

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $250,000 to each of eight companies and research centers to develop working prototypes for a wide range of energy-storage technologies. The recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology ( NY-BEST ) Consortium. GE Energy Storage , which seeks to work with Raymond Corp. New York Energy Storage Roadmap.

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Study looks at electrical energy storage

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With the increased penetration of renewable energy, it seems it is widely accepted that electrical energy storage is becoming more important along with the implementation of smart grids and an improvement in power reliability and quality. Now a report by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory takes a closer look [.].

Pike Research forecasts energy storage systems for ancillary grid services to surpass $3.2B by 2021

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While long-duration energy storage systems (ESS) for renewables integration and peak load shifting have been a topic of much discussion within the power industry, a variety of short-duration applications for energy storage are also a critical factor in the development of the sector. Such short-duration energy storage systems may be utilized for ancillary services including frequency regulation, spinning reserves, voltage control, and load following, among others.

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GAO: US government obligated $1.3+ billion in 39 battery and energy storage initiatives from FY 2009-2012; fragmented but not duplicative

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In a recently published report (GAO-12-842), the US Government Accountability office (GAO) identified 39 battery and energy storage initiatives with a variety of key characteristics that were implemented across six federal agencies: the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Defense (DOD); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, report on a new method for expanding graphite for use as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries in a paper in Nature Communications. Sodium (Na) is an earth-abundant and inexpensive element, and shares many properties with lithium. to enlarge the interlayer lattice distance to accomodate the larger sodium ions.

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

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GE will invest an additional $70 million to expand its sodium-halide battery manufacturing plant in New York, which is part of the company’s new Energy Storage business. The new Durathon battery products ( earlier post )—half the size of conventional lead acid batteries but which last ten times longer—are targeted for cost-effective energy storage options for a range of applications, including telecom and utility operators.

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New high energy, highly stable cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers in South Korea have developed a novel high-energy cathode material, Na 1.5 F 0.7 , for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries (NIBs). This new material provides an energy density of 600 Wh kg –1 , the highest value among Na-ion cathodes. Large-scale energy storage systems are needed to deal with intermittent electricity production of solar and wind. V vs standard hydrogen electrode) reduces the operating voltage, leading to a generally lower energy density.

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New hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite cathode for high-energy sodium-ion batteries

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Building on earlier work, researchers in China have fabricated a hierarchical metal-organic nanocomposite for use as a cathode in sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). They obtained a high specific energy of 762 Wh kg -1 with high average potential of 3.2 Recently, room temperature sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have received tremendous attention for electrochemical energy storage applications owing to their low cost and the abundant resource of sodium compared with lithium.

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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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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. In full-hybrid vehicles, the stored energy is also used for a certain range of electric driving. Sodium-nickel chloride batteries.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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A plot of ESOI for 7 potential grid-scale energy storage technologies. Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. Their results are published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

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Molten-Salt Battery Freezes Energy Over a Whole Season

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As the pressure to decarbonize electricity grids mounts, so does the need to have long-term storage options for power generated from renewables. Scientists have been looking for solutions in gravity energy storage , thermal or geothermal storage , and also molten-salt batteries.

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. Notrees Wind Storage.

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Stanford team develops sodium-ion battery with performance equivalent to Li-ion, but at much lower cost

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Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery (SIB) that can store the same amount of energy as a state-of-the-art lithium ion, at substantially lower cost. As reported in a paper in Nature Energy , the Stanford team achieved four-sodium storage in a Na 2 C 6 O 6 electrode with a reversible capacity of 484 mAh g −1 , an energy density of 726 Wh kg −1 cathode , an energy efficiency above 87% and a good cycle retention.

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PNNL team develops sodium-manganese oxide electrodes for sodium-ion rechargeable batteries

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A team of scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and visiting researchers from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China have developed single crystalline sodium-manganese oxide (Na 4 Mn 9 O 18 ) nanowires that show a high, reversible sodium ion insertion/extraction capacity, excellent cycling ability, and promising rate capability for sodium-ion battery applications. low-cost Na-ion battery system for upcoming power and energy.

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PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The system has a 4 megawatt capacity, and can store more than six hours of energy.

U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

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Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. The researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient when compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts.

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

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The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is conducting research on alternative options to reduce costs and make large-scale energy storage safer and more practical. This includes research on appropriate anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes for magnesium (Mg)-, sodium (Na)-, and lithium (Li)-based batteries and novel transition metal oxide- and nitride-based supercapacitor electrode materials.

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New liquid alloy electrode significantly lowers operating temperature of sodium-beta batteries; improved performance

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have devised an alloying strategy that enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at significantly lower temperatures. The new electrode enables sodium-beta batteries to last longer, helps streamline their manufacturing process and reduces the risk of accidental fire. The traditional design of sodium-beta batteries consists of two electrodes separated by a solid membrane made of the ceramic material beta alumina.

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Vanderbilt researchers find iron pyrite quantum dots boost performance of sodium-ion and Li-ion batteries

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nm, average) of iron pyrite (FeS 2 ) nanoparticles are advantageous to sustain reversible conversion reactions in sodium ion and lithium ion batteries. In the paper, they reported reversible capacities of more than 500 and 600 mAh/g for sodium and lithium storage for ultrafine nanoparticles, along with improved cycling and rate capability. FeS 2 is particularly attractive for energy storage technology due to its earth abundance, low toxicity, and low raw material cost. …

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GE Launches Durathon Sodium-Metal Halide Battery for UPS Market

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GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced its Durathon sodium-metal halide battery ( earlier post ) for critical backup power. Sodium-metal halide cell basic chemistry. GE is also using the technology to develop advanced transportation energy storage systems. The battery has a high energy density that, along with its ability to replace current technology, minimizes installation costs.

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BASF investigating sodium-air batteries as alternative to Li-air; patent application filed with USPTO

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In a paper in Nature Materials , a team of researchers from BASF SE and Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen report on the performance of a sodium-air (sodium superoxide) cell. Their work, they suggest, demonstrates that substitution of lithium by sodium may offer an unexpected route towards rechargeable metal–air batteries. However, this system can also suffer from similar high overpotentials and low energy efficiencies when using carbonate-based sodium electrolytes.

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NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.

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Pike Research forecasts worldwide grid energy storage spending to reach $22B by 2021, down from 2010 forecast of $35B

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In its new report Energy Storage on the Grid (ESG), Pike Research forecasts that global spending in the ESG market will reach a little over $22 billion over the next 10 years. Energy storage technologies represent an alternative to traditional grid management using generation assets such as natural gas peakers to balance the grid by adding power to it. Energy storage on the grid is reaching a turning point. —Energy Storage on the Grid (2011).

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