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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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.

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WSU, PNNL researchers develop viable sodium battery

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Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), with the intrinsic advantages of resource abundance and geographic uniformity, are desired alternative battery technology to Li-ion batteries (LIBs) for grid-scale energy storage and transportation applications.

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Graphene Jolts Sodium-Ion Batteries’ Capacity

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After years of anticipation, sodium-ion batteries are starting to deliver on their promise for energy storage. But so far, their commercialization is limited to large-scale uses such as storing energy on the grid. Plus, benzene has chemical groups that bind strongly with sodium ions.

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. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, Faradion’s sodium-ion batteries have exceptional thermal stability and safety.

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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 Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project charges batteries when demand is low and then sends reserved power to the grid when demand grows.

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. Sodium-ion batteries have been discussed in the literature.

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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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Mercom: battery, smart grid, energy efficiency companies raised $2.3B in VC funding in 2019; 18% lower than 2018

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Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2019. Smart Grid. Batteries Market Background Smart Grid

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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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Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. Simulation Smart charging Smart Grid

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EaglePicher receives follow-on $3M award from ARPA-E to continue work on planar sodium-beta batteries

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company, and a leading supplier of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions for the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial and grid energy storage markets, will receive a $3-million award from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to further develop their catalytic energy storage technology. Overview of the original EPT/PNNL project on planar sodium batteries. EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, (EPT), an OM Group, Inc.

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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. For this project, S&C will engineer and install a complete energy storage solution featuring S&C’s Smart Grid SMS Storage Management System and IntelliTEAM SG Automatic Restoration System.

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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 present sodium-sulfur battery operates above 300 °C. A = lithium or sodium (Li or Na), M represents a metal and 1 ≤ n < z. Also, sodium rather than lithium might be used as the anode. Example of a lithium-water rechargeable battery.

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French researchers develop sodium-ion battery in 18650 format; performance comparable to Li-ion

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Researchers within the RS2E network on electrochemical energy storage (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie) in France have developed the first sodium-ion battery in an 18650 format. The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium, an element far more abundant and less costly than lithium. Six partner laboratories of the RS2E were involved in the project with the goal to find the right composition for the sodium cathode.

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GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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GE’s Energy Storage business announced $63 million in new Durathon sodium-halide battery orders since the business launched in July. GE’s Durathon battery technology works by employing sodium chemistry to capture excess energy from the diesel fuel generators. With more than one billion people—and potential cell phone subscribers—living in remote areas with no accessible power grid, operators are often forced to continuously power cellular base stations using diesel fuel.

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RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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RAL researchers are proposing a new process for the decomposition of ammonia to release hydrogen that involves the stoichiometric decomposition and formation of sodium amide from Na metal. The new process decomposes ammonia using the concurrent stoichiometric decomposition and regeneration of sodium amide (NaNH 2 ) via sodium metal (Na); this is a significant departure in reaction mechanism compared with traditional surface catalysts.

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Mercom Capital Group: Battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies raise $3.2B in funding in Q3 2020; up 165% QoQ, 777% YoY

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter (Q3) and first nine months (9M) of 2020.

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

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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. Support the transmission grid system by providing voltage support, which contributes to system reliability. Testing will continue to determine the technology’s ability to facilitate integration of larger penetrations of wind energy on the grid.

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Planar Sodium Nickel Chloride Batteries Could Deliver 30% More Power at Lower Temperatures Than Conventional Cylindrical Versions

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Schematic of a sodium-nickel chloride cell with planar design. A planar (flat) sodium-nickel chloride battery could deliver 30% more power at lower temperatures than the typical cylindrical design, according to researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Sodium-beta batteries have been around since the 1960s. The sodium ions diffuse exclusively within the conduction layers perpendicular to the c axis.

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Na-ion battery developer Faradion collaborating with battery manufacturer AMTE Power

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a leader in non-aqueous sodium-ion battery technolog ( earlier post ), announced a collaboration which combines Faradion’s IP with AMTE Power’s design and manufacturing capabilities. UK-based battery manufacturer AMTE Power and Faradion Ltd. ,

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. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables. The current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

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Lux: Li-ion dominating grid storage market with 90% of 2014 proposals

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Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the dominant new technology in grid storage, capturing a 90% share of systems proposed last year, according to analysts at Lux Research. Molten salt batteries—consisting almost entirely of sodium-sulfur (NaS)—account for 23% of all deployed MW and 64% of deployed MWh respectively. Globally, as of January 2015, 1,100 MW and 2,523 MWh of grid storage have been deployed across 605 projects.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. At a rate of several cycles per day, the new electrode could offer a good 30 years of useful life on the electrical grid, said Colin Wessells, lead author of the paper.

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

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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. 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. High-energy density magnesium batteries for smart electrical grids.

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GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. Sodium batteries are just the opposite….

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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. Electric grids require balance in order to function properly. 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.

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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. 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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GE demonstrates dual battery system for electric buses; pairing high-energy density sodium battery with high-power lithium battery optimizes performance and lowers cost

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The hybrid systems research team at GE Global Research has successfully demonstrated a dual battery system for an electric transit bus, pairing a high-energy density sodium metal halide battery with a high-power lithium battery. GE will conducting another bus demonstration for the project next year, in which it will be using its new sodium battery ( earlier post ) and a new modern, advanced composites lightweight bus. Sodium batteries are on the opposite side of the spectrum.

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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. Vanadium flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage.

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Lux Research: grid storage battery cost to fall to $500/kWh by 2022, short of expectations

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Lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs will approach $500/kWh by 2022, reducing the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies. However, expectations of half that level will remain unrealistic for at least a decade, according to the Lux Research report “Grid Storage Battery Cost Breakdown: Exploring Paths to Accelerate Adoption.”. The report is part of the Lux Research Grid Storage Intelligence service.

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

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Key technologies for these ancillary services include flywheels, pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage (CAES), and battery technologies such as lithium-ion, sodium sulfur (NaS), and advanced lead-acid batteries. According to a new report from Pike Research, the global market for ESS for ancillary services applications will see strong growth in the coming decade, with revenues in the sector rising from $412 million in 2011 to more than $3.2 billion by 2021.

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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. While rechargeable batteries are the solution of choice for consumer-level use, they are impractical for grid-scale consideration.

Reliance buys Na-ion battery developer Faradion

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Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, will acquire 100% shareholding in sodium-ion battery developer Faradion Limited ( earlier post ) for an enterprise value of £100 million (US$135 million). Based out of Sheffield and Oxford in the UK, Faradion has a strategic, wide-reaching and extensive IP portfolio covering several aspects of sodium-ion technology. Sodium is the sixth-most abundant element on the planet.

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Pike Forecasts Grid Stationary Energy Storage Market to Reach $35B by 2020; Significant Opportunity for CAES, Li-ion and Flow Batteries

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According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide installed revenues for stationary energy storage systems for the electricity grid will grow at a strong pace in the coming decade, increasing from $1.5 Worldwide installed revenue opportunity by energy storage on the grid (ESG) technology, 2010-2020. Energy storage on the grid addresses several pressing market needs.

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PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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There appears to be general agreement on the needs of electrical energy storage (EES) for the electrical grid, given the current trend toward increasing penetration of renewable energy, demands to improve power reliability and quality, along with implementation of smart grids, according to a new report by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Sodium-beta alumina membrane battery.

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PNNL team develops high-capacity nanocomposite anode for Na-ion batteries based on multi-component alloying reactions

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Researchers at US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated a new tin-antimony (SnSb/C) nanocomposite based on sodium (Na) alloying reactions as an anode for Na-ion battery applications. Sodium has been proposed as a promising lower-cost alternative to Li-ion rechargeable batteries for grid storage. Batteries Smart GridRate capability of the SnSb/C nanocomposite electrode at various current rates from 100 to 1000 mAh g -1.

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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. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries EES electrical energy storage lead carbon batteries sodium batteries US Department of Energy

ARPA-E awarding $24M to two SCALEUP projects: battery technology and methane detection

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These SCALEUP “Fast-Track” teams, Natron Energy and Bridger Photonics, will receive $19 million and $5 million, respectively, to further their commercialization efforts in sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, respectively. Natron Energy: Domestic Manufacturing of Sodium-Ion Batteries - $19,883,951.

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Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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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 closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Prussian blue dye, commonly used in blueprints, stores and releases energy in the form of sodium ions.

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