Glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries

Charlotte Hsu for University of Buffalo:  BUFFALO, N.Y. — Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology?  Scientists at the University at Buffalo think so.

They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes.  BODIPY — short for boron-dipyrromethene — shines brightly in the dark under a black light.

But the traits that facilitate energy storage are less visible. According to new research, the dye has unusual chemical properties that enable it to excel at two key tasks: storing electrons and participating in electron transfer. Batteries must perform these functions to save and deliver energy, and BODIPY is very good at them.  In experiments, a BODIPY-based test battery operated efficiently and with longevity, running well after researchers drained and recharged it 100 times.  Cont'd...

UET to Deliver ReFlex Energy Storage System to Las Positas College Microgrid

The energy storage solution will enable college to realize the full benefits of its solar installation

Microgrids and the Future of Decentralized Power

UL works with industry leaders to develop a new standard for microgrids, blending in-lab product testing with on-site field evaluations.

NEXTracker™ Launches the Industry's 1st Solar Tracker Plus Storage Solution

NX Fusion Plus™ extends energy output and duration for solar power plants

Sunverge Delivers Advanced AC-Coupled Energy Storage System

Intelligent and Reliable Solar Integration System with Advanced VPP Software Available Immediately to Meet Installer and Utility Demand

ALL-ENERGY 2017 REACHES KEY MILESTONES

With over 70% of available space booked at All-Energy 2017 (Glasgow's SECC, 10-11 May 2017) the UK's largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference is in fine shape. Shepherd and Wedderburn has returned as Headline Sponsor of the two-day event; and abstracts are coming in thick and fast at the final week in which submissions can be made. The Call for Papers officially closes on Thursday 15 December.

Baker Electric Solar Wins 2016 BBB Torch Award for Ethics, San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties

Baker Electric Solar caps three years of Better Business Bureau's Torch awards with 2016's top honor in the 100 - 249 employee category.

In a National First, SoCalGas and University of California Irvine Successfully Test Innovative Technology that Stores Renewable Energy

UCI uses power-to-gas technique and injects renewable hydrogen into campus electricity grid

NEXTracker™ Launches the Industry's 1st Solar Tracker Plus Storage Solution

NX Fusion Plus™ extends energy output and duration for solar power plants

Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, Announces Solar Acquisition Program

Substantial increase in project acquisitions planned for 2017 and 2018

DOE energy innovation hub backs two key future battery technologies

Nick Flaherty for EE Times:  After four years of evaluation, the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (Chicago, IL) is backing two key technologies for the future of battery systems.

The Center was set up four years ago with a five year remit to explore new battery technology for transportation and the electricity grid that, when scaled to commercial production, are capable of delivering five times the energy density at one-fifth the cost of commercial batteries available in 2011.

The Center has investigated 1,500 compounds for electrodes and 21,000 organic molecules relevant for liquid electrolytes as well as filing 52 invention disclosures and 27 patent applications, says director George Crabtree. Five techno-economic models created by JCESR for designing virtual batteries on the computer are being used to evaluate the best pathways for beyond-lithium-ion systems to reach 400 watt hours per kilogram (400 Wh/kg) and $100 per kilowatt hour ($100/kWh).  Cont'd...

Eos Energy Storage Assembles World-Class Advisory Board to Support Global Business Expansion

Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Among High-Profile Appointees

Former Tesla Powerwall Sales Manager takes over as SONNEN VP of Sales to ramp U.S. business

The appointment of Richetta to head U.S. Sales comes on the heels of the company's announcement of an $85M minority equity financing in the global sonnen Group by several investors, including Envision Energy, and an earlier investment by GE Ventures.

SunSystem Technology Acquires Residential Field Service Division of Next Phase Solar

The transaction enhances the focus of each company on core strengths. It fulfills SunSystem Technology's goal of efficiently and profitably servicing the nation's rapidly growing residential solar infrastructure, and enables Enphase to concentrate resources on continuing to bring to market innovative energy technology products.

Pika Energy's Three-Phase Islanding Inverter Listed to UL-1741

The three-phase, high power variant of the Pika Islanding Inverter™ enables battery-integrated commercial applications with innovative split-phase islanding.

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