Two Advances Point Toward a Cheaper Electric-Car Battery
For the roads to start filling up with electric cars, batteries will need to get much cheaper—as much as 80 percent cheaper by some estimates (see “How Improved Batteries Will Make Electric Vehicles Competitive”). Two recent advances that make an experimental type of battery much more practical could lead to such cost savings.
Inside the next generation of smartphone and tablet batteries
Batteries are a hot topic right now, but for all the wrong reasons, as the technology is struggling to keep up with advances in processor speeds and high resolution displays. Leyden Energy has developed a new type of battery which will change all that, and is working closely with manufacturers to bring it to your future smartphone or tablet.
U.S. Taxis Get Greener; Hybrid & Electric Cabs Increasing
For decades, the stalwart of the taxi ranks has been the full-size sedan. Sturdy, simple and cheap to buy, cars like Ford's Crown Victoria have become part of the landscape in cities like New York. But with rising gas prices and concerns over emissions, things are really changing.
Towards cheaper and better EV batteries: Sulphide or Magnesium?
The cost and performance of electric car batteries are considered by many as the major barrier to faster uptake of EVs. Intensive research in the field of battery chemistry points to some promising alternative solutions. Although the commercialisation of such novel batteries is years away, laboratory tests indicate that both cost reduction and power density enhancement are in the horizon.
Eggshells for Energy Storage
Mitlin, a professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, is working on a way to turn waste eggshell membranes and egg whites into materials for high-performance supercapacitors. Supercapacitors offer high power density, charging and discharging far faster than rechargeable batteries. Unfortunately, they store much less energy. Mitlin thinks the membranes inside eggshells could help crack that problem.
Connecticut Scheduled to Get Massive Fuel Cell Park for its Power Grid
Will the lower prices of natural gas encourage the building of additional fuel cell parks? FuelCell Energy last week declared an agreement with Dominion Power in which the power company had planned to put up one of the biggest US fuel cell projects.
Bosch Forms Battery System Unit, Powers Fiat 500e
With the relevant authorities having given their approval, Bosch is moving ahead with the reorganization of its lithium-ion traction battery operations following the dissolution of its joint venture with Samsung, SB LiMotive. Effective immediately, the former operating units SB LiMotive Germany GmbH in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC based in Orion, Michigan, will be incorporated into the Bosch Group as a wholly owned subsidiary under the new name Robert Bosch Battery Systems.
Tesla Begins East Coast Fast-Charging Corridor
Tesla Motors officially opened on Friday the first 480-volt Supercharger stations on the East Coast, effectively making possible a Boston-to-Washington trip in the company’s Model S sedan, which the Environmental Protection Agency has rated at 265 miles of range with the larger 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Worldwide Capacity of Advanced Batteries for Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Multiply Nearly 200-fold by 2022
According to a recent report from Pike Research, the market for advanced batteries will roughly double each year over the next five years, and continue growing steadily beyond that. By 2022, the total worldwide capacity of advanced batteries for utility-scale energy storage will reach nearly 16,000 megawatts (MW) – an almost 200-fold increase from 2012 – the study concludes.
Study Suggests 99.9 Percent Renewables Is Feasible and Cost-Effective
A study by researchers at the University of Delaware modeled how well renewables could sustain a big chunk of the U.S. grid—72 gigawatts worth, where the entire country has a capacity just north of 1000 GW—and found as high as 99.9 percent reliability at reasonable cost
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