Mark Shwartz, Stanford Univ.: Stanford Univ. scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured in ACS Central Science. "We have developed a 'designer carbon' that is both versatile and controllable," said Zhenan Bao, the senior author of the study and a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford. "Our study shows that this material has exceptional energy-storage capacity, enabling unprecedented performance in lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors." According to Bao, the new designer carbon represents a dramatic improvement over conventional activated carbon, an inexpensive material widely used in products ranging from water filters and air deodorizers to energy-storage devices. "A lot of cheap activated carbon is made from coconut shells," Bao said. "To activate the carbon, manufacturers burn the coconut at high temperatures and then chemically treat it." The activation process creates nanosized holes, or pores, that increase the surface area of the carbon, allowing it to catalyze more chemical reactions and store more electrical charges.
As a leader in energy solutions, Gexpro will be the system integrator using industry-leading technology from each of the supplier companies.
ees Europe 2015 takes place alongside Intersolar Europe at Messe München from June 10-12.
A Navigant Research report estimates that revenue from fuel cells, fast chargers, and Li-ion batteries in the material handling market will be $556MM in North America by 2020, compared to $121MM in 2013.
100-kilowatt solar installation powers university's parking garage --- Excess solar energy stored in an industrial-size battery system --- Project enabled by $1 million grant from Duke Energy Florida
Intelligent, connected energy storage system installed and operating in California brings new capability to the solar energy markets
ASD is presenting its entire new line of hybrid batteries and other innovative products at the Intersolar exhibition in Munich, Germany, from 10-12 June 2015.
Energy Products, one of the Midwest's largest independently owned battery distributors, has been named Master Distributor for Trojan Battery in the Michigan and Ohio regions.
Gexpro Entering Commercial Battery Energy Storage Market With Turnkey Solution for Its Large Customer Base
From materials, manufacturing technologies, finished rechargeable batteries to the latest applications, a vast range of exhibits were showcased at BATTERY JAPAN by 252 exhibitors.
Ryan Wallace for The Science Times: Known as the "Powerwall", Tesla's newest invention is a thin, wall-mounted battery that is the size of a flat screen TV. And with this new battery home owners who have already invested in solar power will be able to entirely go off the grid, and even to sell their excess solar juice back to energy companies. Developed in conjunction with the lithium-ion batteries that Tesla uses for its electric vehicles, the Powerwall unit is an inexpensive unit, only running $3,000 to $3,500, and with it Musk and his companies believe that humans may one day be able to transition to solely using energy derived from the Sun. Though the installation may look like an artpiece, it packs quite a punch at 10 kWh, and with it consumers will not only be able to store their energy for dark solar-free nights, but also more efficiently contribute to global energy use by contributing carbon-free energy back into the mix.
Tesla Powerwall to be Offered Through Sunrun Subsidiary AEE Solar
Late Thursday night in Los Angeles, Tesla announced "Tesla Energy," described by the company in a statement as "a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels." The statement continued: "Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an energy innovation company. Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation." Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the official announcement onstage at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, CA, just south of LA. The home battery, call the "Powerwall," is intended to store solar energy and enable customers to bank grid electricity from non-peak periods and use it during peak times, saving money. It looks "like a beautiful piece of sculpture," Musk said. You can order it now, and it comes in different colors. "The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation," Tesla said. "The Powerwall consists of Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall and is integrated with the local grid to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve."
The new site features expanded content on battery construction and explains what sets Sun Xtender apart as the superior energy storage solution by comparison to flooded lead acid, gel and other AGM battery designs.
Boston-Power and Darfon enter 3-year battery supply agreement to target global residential solar storage market. Initial product launches in Australia and the UK.
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