Generating Energy with Graphene

Everyday researchers discover new applications for the properties of graphene. The future of graphene holds limitless possibilities from generating energy to literally every corner of industry and manufacturing. As the years pass it will likely become as commonplace as plastic.

Hawaiian Electric & Greenlots test EV charging and energy storage as ideal grid allies

Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric Company are working to show how an electric vehicle (EV) fast charger combined with energy storage can support EV initiatives on the road to a clean energy future for Hawaii.

Investment Has Become the Most Common Strategy for Energy Storage Integration, According to Navigant Research

Utilities represent important drivers for enabling energy storage to scale globally, report finds

EDF Renewable Energy Announces Commercial Operation of its First Battery Storage Project

EDF Renewable Energy's first commercial storage project in McHenry County Illinois.

How Battery Power Sustains Wind-Blown and Sun Struck Grids

Utilities are turning to energy storage systems (ESS) to help power grids withstand the effects of high peak demands, instability and the unpredictability of energy that can be gone with the wind.

Sunverge Energy, Mitsui Form Strategic Commercial Relationship in Japan

Sunverge's Virtual Power Plant Capabilities Critical in #2 Solar PV Growth Market

Panasonic Broadcasts Total Eclipse Live Using Solar Energy from Its Power Supply Container

The container will be used for the first time to bring the astronomical phenomenon to audiences worldwide via live streaming and social media

Energy-Storage Startup LightSail Plots Long-Term Game Plan

Barbara Haislip for the Wall Street Journal:  Few industries are more daunting for entrepreneurs these days than clean energy.

Developing the technology and hardware is expensive, and setbacks are common. Even if all goes well, getting a product to market can take a decade or more. Most venture-fund investors, meanwhile, want a quicker payout.

Danielle Fong, co-founder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy, is trying to keep investors happy while working toward some ambitious clean-energy goals. Her company’s aim, she says, “is to produce the world’s cleanest and most economical energy-storage system” through a technology that uses compressed air to store energy from the grid. LightSail’s technology will do this more efficiently than other solutions, Ms. Fong says, by capturing some of the excess heat that comes when compressing air.  “Until now, this was wasted, reducing efficiency,” she says.

Founded in 2009, Berkeley, Calif.-based LightSail has raised $70 million from several investors, including Bill Gates, Peter Thiel,Khosla Ventures and the French energy giant Total.  Cont'd...


Ideal Power Systems to Be Integrated Into Powin Storage Offerings in the U.S. and China

BioSolar Files National Phase Patents for Its Technology

Joint Patent Application With University of California, Santa Barbara, Protects the Innovative Technology That Also Provides the Basis for the Company's Super Battery Technology

Energy Storage-Enabled Virtual Power Plants Are Expected to Invade Energy Markets, According to Navigant Research

Modularity driven by lean manufacturing concepts is expected to take energy storage by storm, white paper finds

Precision Power Conversion Platform Enables Disruptive Inverter Technology to Lower Solar Energy Cost

Precision Power Conversion Platform Enables Disruptive Inverter Technology to Lower Solar Energy Cos

Energy yield of +120% on BiSoN bifacial PV system


India Smart Grid Week: Conference to discuss Potential of Smart Grids Towards Resolving India's Energy Crises

Supported by the Ministries of Power, New & Renewable Energy and Science & Technology, India Smart Grid Week is an initiative to find smart solutions to India's energy needs

Apple leftovers key for future energy storage

By Tereza Pultarova for E&T:  German researchers have developed a new carbon-based active material that can be manufactured from apple leftovers and used to build better energy storage systems.

The apple-based material can be used as the negative electrode in sodium-ion batteries, which are currently being researched as a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Instead of energy-intensive lithium mining, which frequently damages the environment, battery manufacturers in future could be using organic waste to make batteries.

In tests, the new material discovered by researchers from the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, has demonstrated ‘excellent electrochemical properties’, allowing the researchers to carry out 1000 charge and discharge cycles during which the apple-based battery demonstrated high stability as well as capacity.  Cont'd...

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