Tag: lithium-ion batteries

Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

Yeah, you might say that Tesla’s big battery announcement went over pretty well. Within days of introducing the Powerwall and Powerpack – attractive units, but more importantly, less expensive than expected – the company had booked $800 million in reservations.… Read More
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Pomegranate Points Way To Silicon-Based Li-Ion Battery

Science describes nature, but science also borrows from nature. We’ve heard about a solar leaf, a smart watch inspired by buzzing insects, a hybrid car inspired by water, self-cleaning glass inspired by a carnivorous plant, a scooter steering system inspired… Read More
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Big Renewable-Friendly Battery From Hitachi

Who knows how economical it might be, but the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation – another sign of the growing interest… Read More
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Grid Of The Future Unveiled In Oregon

An 8,000-square-foot, nondescript, two-toned box of a building in Salem, Ore., looking like so many you’d see in a thousand industrial parks, could represent the future of energy management. It’s Portland General Electric’s Salem Smart Power Center – part of… Read More
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Solar On The Roof And A Big Battery Nearby

The thing about a home solar power system is that it doesn’t always produce maximum power exactly when the homeowner — or the utility trying to meet peak load demand — needs it. Like, say, around 6:30 p.m. on a… Read More
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US-Backed A123 Claims Battery Breakthrough

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a fierce critic of government support for cleantech companies (except when they’re in his district), lists A123 Systems as an Obama administration failure, noting that the battery maker was awarded a $249 million Recovery Act grant… Read More