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A new flow battery prototype aims to store vast amounts of renewable power for the grid

August 1st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing. With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, researchers have made an advance with a flow battery, the type of battery […]



Tesla and PG&E are working on a massive ‘up to 1.1 GWh power pack battery system

July 10th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

For the past few months, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have been teasing a giant battery project that would dwarf even the company’s 129 MWh Powerpack project in Australia. Today, we learn that Tesla is working with PG&E on a massive battery system with a capacity of “up to 1.1 GWh” in California.



Where 3 million electric batteries will go when they retire

July 3rd, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

GM, Toyota and BYD are part of a potential $550 billion industry. The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and […]



The death of the internal combustion engine

June 4th, 2018 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal , a French newspaper, in December 1893. Its answer was to organise the Paris-Rouen race for horseless carriages, held the following July. The 102 entrants included vehicles powered by steam, petrol, electricity, compressed air and […]



A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

May 25th, 2018 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

New study debunks myths claiming renewables can’t be integrated into electric grid. The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point: many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now.



Why Lithium is about to replace oil

April 10th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The market for Lithium (Li) is about to explode. What we are witnessing now is nothing less that the transition from a carbon- to a lithium-based economy. In the space of three years, we have gone from a global lithium glut to a structural shortage.



Electric aircraft could soon become an industry standard

April 6th, 2018 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

The aviation industry is on the verge of a major shift in propulsion, experts say. This story was originally published by Flying Magazine. As part of Siemens Innovation Day held recently in Chicago—created, in part, to highlight the company’s progress to date in the world of electric and hybrid electric aircraft—the German industrial giant offered […]



Tesla bids for a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado

March 23rd, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado. Earlier this year, we reported on Xcel Energy, an electric utility company operating across the Midwest, Colorado and several other states, requesting […]



48-volt systems could be the new standard in the future’s vehicles

February 11th, 2018 at 1:25 am » Comments Off

Electric cars won’t only be good for the environment — they’ll be good for your power-hungry tendencies, too. As per a new report from the New York Times, companies are looking to turn away from the traditional 12-volt systems to provide the juice for these cars of the future, and looking to a 48-volt standard […]



Washington state bill would make hard-to-repair electronics illegal

February 3rd, 2018 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

It would ban sales of such products starting next year.



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