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. While some companies have continued to make liquid-sodium batteries for specialized uses, the cost was kept high because of the fragility of the ceramic membranes, said Sadoway, the John F.

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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. Beacon Power Corporation (MA).

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Researchers demonstrate concept desalination battery

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A team from Stanford University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum have demonstrated the novel concept of a “desalination battery” that uses an electrical energy input to extract sodium and chloride ions from seawater and to generate fresh water. A four-step charge/discharge process allows the electrodes to separate seawater into fresh water and brine streams: Fully charged electrodes, which do not contain mobile sodium or chloride ions when charged, are immersed in seawater.

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OM Group to Acquire Advanced Battery Manufacturer EaglePicher Technologies for $171.9M

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EaglePicher is also actively pursuing opportunities that would leverage its advanced power storage technologies to serve the rapidly growing alternative energy market. million to develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. OM Group, Inc.,

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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The projects selected are grouped into 10 areas: Energy Storage (6 projects). Renewable Power (4 projects). ENERGY STORAGE. Planar Na-beta Batteries for Renewable Integration and Grid Applications. Eagle Picher, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. RENEWABLE POWER.

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