Fuel Cell Scooters and Solar Hydrogen Refuelling Station Launched in Hawaii
Hawaii-based Aloha Motor Company, a joint venture by H2 Technologies and Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies (APFCT), has launched the world’s first commercial off-grid solar hydrogen refuelling station this week in Honolulu. It will be used to fuel APFCT’s new fuel cell scooter, which was also showcased at the 2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo held in Hawaii from 13th to 15th August.
Korean carbon-coated lithium-ion battery could cut recharge times down to minutes
Anyone who's had to recharge an EV -- or, for that matter, any mobile device with a very big battery -- knows the pain of waiting for hours while a lithium-ion pack tops up. South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has developed a conduction technique that could cut that charging time down to less than a minute. By dousing the nanoparticle materials of the battery in a graphite solution that's then carbonized, the researchers make a web of conductors that all start charging at once; current batteries have to charge towards the center slowly, like a not-very-edible Tootsie Pop.
DOE Study: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Advancing Rapidly
A seven-year US Department of Energy demonstration project to evaluate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, which GM, Daimler, Hyundai-Kia, Ford, Shell, BP, Chevron, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. participated in, found rapid progress in driving ranges and durability of fuel cell stacks.
Fisker names former Chevy Volt chief as new CEO
Fisker Automotive has named the former head of electric vehicles at General Motors as its new CEO.
Want to make it big in renewables? Talk to the military (they're about to spend $7 billion)
Smart grid and related sectors are still growing, but not at the pace of previous years. Where to turn for new markets? Maybe you should be talking to the military, which the White House is pushing towards renewables.
Researchers explore Li-air battery reversibility on the nanoscale
As their name suggests, Li-air batteries use air to operate, pulling out oxygen molecules to use in a porous, carbon-based cathode, while using lithium in the anode. Because using air means the battery doesn’t have to store a heavy charge source at the cathode, the batteries can provide an extremely high energy density, holding nearly as much energy in a given volume as gasoline, and 5-10 times more than Li-ion batteries. Despite this major appeal, Li-air batteries still face many limitations that hold them back from commercialization. In a new study, a team of researchers has tackled one of these challenges: reversibility, which is necessary for being able to recharge the battery multiple times.
SolarCity will install solar panels combined with batteries for energy storage at Walmart stores
SolarCity will install solar panels combined with batteries for energy storage at Walmart stores, according to SolarCity Chairman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the National Clean Energy Summit in Vegas on Tuesday. SolarCity and Walmart already had a substantial partnership, including solar panels installed at a newly announced 60 stores in California, but this is the first time I’ve heard that batteries will be involved for some of the installations.
After Saab Bankruptcy, Boston-Power Finds a Foothold in China
Boston-Power, the Massachusetts-based battery manufacturer that was a supplier to Saab’s electric-vehicle program, has emerged from the messy debacle of the Swedish automaker’s bankruptcy with a new partnership.
Development of a high performance flexible solid state battery
A team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has developed a high performance flexible all-solid-state battery, an essential energy source for flexible displays. Their findings were published in the paper Nano Letters titled "Bendable Inorganic Thin-Film Battery for Fully Flexible Electronic Systems."
FuelCell Energy Announces First Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plant Sale by German-based FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH
FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCEL 0.00% a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced that FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH has sold their first stationary fuel cell power plant, a sub-megawatt DFC250-EU(R), to BAM Deutschland AG for installation at the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research government complex in Berlin, Germany. FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES) will manufacture and install the power plant, which is expected to be operational in 2014. Under a ten year service contract, FCES will service and operate the power plant from a service operations center that is staffed around the clock, 365 days per year.
Advanced Batteries for Energy Storage Will Represent a Market of Nearly $30 Billion by 2022, Forecasts Pike Research
The market for advanced batteries for utility-scale energy storage faces an array of challenges. Costs are high compared to traditional power generation resources; the regulatory environment remains ambiguous; no single optimal technology has emerged; and advances in grid infrastructure equipment, such as smart inverters, could accomplish many of the same objectives as advanced batteries. Amid rising demand for electricity and increasing penetration of renewable energy resources, however, advanced batteries represent a unique asset, offering the promise of grid flexibility and generation asset enhancement at rapid speeds and varying levels of scalability. According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, the market for advanced batteries will roughly double each year over the next 5 years, reaching $7.6 billion in 2017. Over the ensuing half-decade, growth will level off to a still-robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31 percent, and revenues in the sector will reach $29.8 billion in 2022.
BYD e6 Taxi Fire Investigation Concludes Batteries Not At Fault
A Nissan GT-R crashed into a BYD e6 taxi at high speeds in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on May 26, causing the electric car to catch fire and resulting in the death of the taxi driver and two passengers. News reports and photos of the crash were widely circulated in China, and BYD's shares fell to a seven-month low on May 28, the first trading day after the crash.
Global Fuel Cell Industry to Surpass $15 Billion by 2017, Forecasts Pike Research
For the fuel cell industry, 2011 was a decidedly mixed year. On the positive side, total shipments broke the 20,000 barrier for the first time, thanks to a 2009-2011 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 83 percent. This aggregate figure, however, hides the fact that the fuel cell industry has continued to exhibit a growth/contraction pattern. In 2011, for example, system shipments in the portable fuel cell sector contracted by 16 percent on a year-over-year basis, and the sector lost a large number of companies. According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, the fuel cell industry, including all applications in the stationary, portable, and transport sectors, will reach $15.7 billion in 2017. A number of challenges must be overcome for that figure to be achieved, though.
DECC to introduce energy storage subsidies
The news was reported by Energynewslive.com (ELN), who heard from DECC officials that the government wants to create a ‘market mechanism’ to help firms become more competitive.
Fuel Cells Take to the Runway
Hydrogen fuel cells are nowhere near powerful enough to replace a commercial aircraft's engines, but that doesn't mean they can't help make air travel cleaner and more efficient.
U.S. Energy Department gives Ford $3.1M grant to improve batteries
The U.S. Department of Energy is giving Ford a $3.1-million grant to work on improving the efficiency of advanced batteries for use in alternative-energy vehicles.
Renault and LG Chem To Join Forces for Next-Gen Li-Ion Batteries
Renault, LG Chem and CEA (France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) are expected to sign a big three-way agreement in September 2012 concerning next-generation lithium-ion battery production. The top line of Renault's press release on the matter, issued on July 27, was the company restating "its ambition to be present across the entire electric vehicle value chain, from technical architecture to motors and batteries."
ZBB Energy Commissions Energy-Storage System At IIT In Chicago
ZBB Energy Corp. and its construction partner City Cottage Group have installed and commissioned a 500 kWh energy-storage system and advanced power electronics for use in a microgrid application at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. The system uses the ZBB EnerStore energy-storage technology and ZBB EnerSection inverter modules.
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