Batteries made of lithium metal are preferred over lithium ion technology, but because lithium metal reacts with water. But it hasn't really made any sense to try to use it until now. One California-based company called PolyPlus created a lithium-water battery that is making quite a splash. The underlying technology is a bit counter-intuitive, considering lithium reacts violently with water. To get around this though, PolyPlus found a way to protect the lithium metal with a membrane, so the ions could slip through and maintain a charge. ARPA-E director Arun Mjumdar describes the new water battery technology as.. a fish in a glass tank. For demonstration purposes at the ARPA-E conference, PolyPlus put the membrane-covered lithium pack into a glass of water and showed that it could produce enough energy to make an LED light glow. The technology works like this: The battery reacts with the oxygen that is dissolved in water. And you know what? The water battery can produce 1,300 watt-hours per kilogram of electricity, according to Scientific American.
Allied Building Products supplied all of the solar panels for the new PSE&G 904kW solar array, consisting of 740kW of Solyndra panels and 164kW of SolarWorld panels.
Spanish multinational company PROINSO has launched a new online tool that allows its network of qualified installers to create customised catalogues according to the manufacturers datasheet.
MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY experts will provide students with step-by-step explanations of questions and familiarize them with success-proven test taking strategies for the industry's most highly-recognized exam.
Political stability is being cited as the biggest challenge for solar development in North Africa and Middle East, according to research conducted by CSP Today.
Ontario, Canada Re-Energizing Northern Forestry Sector
Ontario, Canada Leading The Charge In Clean Transportation
The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry boasts another rise in exhibition space and exhibitor numbers.
REHAU has established a strategic alliance with Climate Automation Systems (CAS) to market the new, web-enabled REHAU Smart Controls System - an advanced interior comfort control system that integrates residential building technologies.
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Targeted to begin this month, the program, which has been developed by VLSI Research on behalf of IPVEA, will collect monthly sales and billings data on PV manufacturing equipment worldwide.
Better Place, which offers battery service for electric vehicles, opened today its first European retail station in Copenhagen, Denmark. Better Place stations offer battery swaps for electric vehicles as an alternative to waiting to recharge the batteries. Commercial stations are already running in Israel and Japan. Until now, though, Better Place had only been testing pilot stations in the U.S. and Europe. Most of the stations offer fast-charging plug-in spots for EVs, as well as battery swaps for subscribing members. The battery swap is a convenience for drivers because it takes only a minute to make the switch, according to Better Place. The swapped batteries are then recharged and used in other cars. It takes 15 to 30 minutes to recharge an EV battery pack to 80 percent capacity from a rapid-charging station depending on the vehicle.
OmniCompete has launched the multi-million Dollar Energy Storage Challenge (ESC) in a bid to identify, fund and reward new transportable energy storage systems.
Ten California Conservation Corps members (www.ccc.ca.gov) in Auburn, CA completed the Technical Education in Energy Efficiency and Construction developed by Sierra College CACT (sierracollegetraining.com). The Northern California Laborers Union recently approved the program as a pre-apprenticeship
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