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Stabilising energy storage

Stabilising energy storage

Feb 24, 2017 United States
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed.
Next gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats

Next gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats

Feb 23, 2017 United States
The size of the battery is so thin (2-3 millimeters) that it is a prime candidate for use in microsatellites, including CubeSats.
Making sodium-ion batteries that last

Making sodium-ion batteries that last

Feb 21, 2017 United States
Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion batteries are potentially a safer and less expensive alternative, but current versions don't last long enough yet for practical use.
Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade

Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade

Feb 17, 2017 United States
Researchers have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.
Low-cost battery for storing renewable energy

Low-cost battery for storing renewable energy

Feb 16, 2017 1 United States
A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.
Going carbon free boosts battery life

Going carbon free boosts battery life

Feb 10, 2017 Singapore
Zinc-air batteries are one of the most promising solutions for the large-scale storage of intermittently-generated renewable electricity from solar, wind or tidal: they are non-flammable, inexpensive and with a very high energy density.
Pioneering chip extends sensors' battery life

Pioneering chip extends sensors' battery life

Feb 9, 2017 United Kingdom
A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers.
PLD based lithium ion battery technology

PLD based lithium ion battery technology

Jan 27, 2017 Finland
Picodeon announced its programme to develop superior Lithium Ion Battery performance based on its Patented PLD Technology.
BioSolar reports progress on its high-energy anode material

BioSolar reports progress on its high-energy anode material

Jan 25, 2017 United States
BioSolar, Inc a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, has provided a progress report on the development of its high-energy anode material for next generation lithium batteries.
New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

Jan 23, 2017 1 United States
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional nanostructures. That could open the door for a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices - and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius.
Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Jan 19, 2017 United Kingdom
Faster recharging lithium batteries could be developed after scientists figured out why adding charged metal atoms to tunnel structures within batteries improves their performance.