Innovative EV charging system includes solar power, battery energy storage
You may have seen or used an EV charging station at your local store or shopping center. But if you're a customer at Clay Terrace in Carmel, Indiana, you can use what developers call a 'plug-in ecosystem': a combination of traditional and quick charge EV charging stations connected to a rooftop solar panel and battery storage to provide power for nighttime use and cloudy days.
Dreamliner batteries: Boeing says safety not a factor in earlier replacement
Boeing Co. said Wednesday that numerous replacements of potentially flammable lithium-ion batteries by airlines flying the new 787 Dreamliner were not made because of safety concerns.
Daimler, Ford, Nissan Plan Commercial Fuel-Cell Vehicle for 2017
An agreement among three automakers spanning three continents could lead to the development of a mass-market fuel-cell electric vehicle as soon as 2017, according to a statement from Nissan. Through the partnership, Daimler, Ford and Nissan intend to produce a common fuel-cell stack and fuel-cell system that can be used by each company in its own separately branded FCEVs, which produce no carbon-dioxide emissions. The electricity for an FCEV is generated on board the vehicle in the fuel-cell stack following a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, leaving behind only water vapor and heat as by-products.
EU proposes minimum of 8 million EV charging points by 2020
Even though alternative fuels, such as electricity and hydrogen are available in the market, there are several obstacles that prevent their wider deployment. According to the European Commission, the major hurdle is the lack of charging infrastructure with a common plug to facilitate the interoperability. With the ‘Clean Power for Fuel Transport’, the Commission aims to break the vicious circle between the lack of infrastructure and the shortage of demand for alternative fuel vehicles.
Update: $10M VC Infusion for Consumer Battery Startup Leyden Energy
Leyden Energy, a consumer battery startup, just won a $10 million Round C financing from existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed Ventures, Sigma Partners and Walden International.
Nanoparticle Leads to World Record for Battery Storage
A new world record is in the books for battery technology. Thanks to a tiny particle resembling an egg yolk and shell, scientists have been able to dramatically increase lithium-ion battery storage capacity.
Minnesota wind-farm battery going back online
The only battery in Minnesota large enough to store electricity from wind turbines is going back into operation after a 15-month shutdown and overhaul to reduce the risk of fire.
How A Battery Safety Center Would Benefit the Public and Industry
As of this week, the NTSB investigation into the January 7 battery fire on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is continuing. Preliminary indications are that the malfunction was serious and is likely to leave all 787’s in the United States grounded for weeks, if not months.
Primus Lands DOD Contract for Energy Storage at Marine Base Microgrid
Selling large-scale energy storage into the U.S. utility market is a bit of a slog. In addition to technology and cost challenges, the regulatory terrain is tricky, and the revenue path for the utility is not clear.
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Industries: 10 Trends to Watch in 2013 and Beyond
2012 was a dynamic year for the fuel cell and hydrogen industries. The year saw widespread restructuring, increased rollouts of new business models, a sharp increase in sales and interest in the residential combined heat and power (resCHP) segment, and overall revenue generation of over $1 billion. The year ahead promises similar upheaval, with increases in total capacity for the fuel cell sector, rollouts of new hydrogen refueling stations, and increasing profitability for leading vendors.
13 battery startups to watch in 2013
Here’s 13 rare battery startups working on next-generation manufacturing, chemistry and printing technologies. These battery companies could create innovation that could revolutionize electric cars, the power grid and how we charge up our gadgets and cell phones.
Ford, Daimler, and Nissan Commit to Fuel Cells
The partnership to jointly develop fuel cell vehicles by 2017 signals the renewed interest in hydrogen-powered cars and the need to collaborate in auto industry.
Energy Storage Wars: Which Technology Will Win the Race?
Several American companies think they've developed technologies that will compete with and even surpass the efficiency of pumped hydro. All of the following companies are developing technologies that they hope will become a meaningful part of the smart grid — and become a viable alternative to pumped hydro.
ZBB delivers flow battery system to Lotte Chemical (S. Korea)
ZBB Energy Corporation shipped another ZBB EnerSystem™ to Lotte Chemical in South Korea, consisting of a ZBB EnerStore™ flow battery and ZBB EnerSection™ power and control center.
Bendable Battery Breakthrough Could Yield Flexible Phones
Korean scientists say they have invented materials to create flexible lithium-ion batteries. Eventually, these could be used to build bendable mobile phones or other electronics.
Belgium to build 'battery island' to store wind farm energy
Belgium plans to build a horseshoe-shaped artificial island off its North Sea coast to store energy generated by its wind farms. The project will also double as attraction for sea birds (and possibly flocks of tourists).
Renewables: the 99.9 per cent solutions
A combination of wind and solar power and sophisticated energy storage systems could keep a power grid fully supplied between 90 and 99.9% of the time, at costs comparable with today’s fossil fuel and nuclear mix, according to a new study from Delaware in the United States.
Boeing's Battery-Fire Blues
Ever wonder why the space shuttle carried quaint computer systems from the days of visible transistors and perforated readout paper? The reason is reliability, which matters more than coolio capabilities when your life’s on the line.
German Energy Storage Association Established
To represent the growing energy storage industry sector, the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES)) was established in Berlin.Its goal is to bring together the relevant decision makers in the sector, to offer expertise to policy makers and the public, to speed up the development of the market and to build a strong contact network.
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