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10 disruptive trends for 2020

February 12th, 2020 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Disruption is everywhere. Here are 10 trends that will create opportunities – and threats – in 2020. Twenty years ago, when I started advising startups and Fortune 500 companies on their innovation strategies, a “2020 vision” served as a key staple in most business planning efforts. The future is finally here. Emerging technologies catalyze disruption. […]



MIT’s solid-state battery breakthrough may see phones last for days

February 11th, 2020 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

A breakthrough in battery architecture could lead to lithium batteries with far greater energy densities than those used today One of the many ways scientists hope to improve the performance of today’s lithium batteries is by swapping out some of the liquid components for solid ones. Known as solid-state batteries, these experimental devices could greatly […]



Electric cars will challenge state power grids

February 1st, 2020 at 1:53 pm » Comments Off

A Chevrolet Volt hybrid car connected to a charging station at a parking garage in Los Angeles. SEATTLE — When Seattle City Light unveiled five new electric vehicle charging stations last month in an industrial neighborhood south of downtown, the electric utility wasn’t just offering a new spot for drivers to fuel up. It also […]



New graphene battery recharges blazingly fast, and it’s already on the market

January 19th, 2020 at 8:54 pm » Comments Off

Faster charging, longer lasting, and lower temperatures. These are the three major benefits from a lithium battery that has been infused with wonder-material graphene. Thing is, we’ve all heard about the benefits of graphene before, but despite all the hype, we’ve yet to really see it used in devices and products that you can actually […]



VW unveils charging butler robot concept for electric cars

January 11th, 2020 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept for a charging butler robot that can charge electric vehicles in a parking garage using mobile battery packs. The German automaker says that “mobile robots will charge electric vehicles completely autonomously in the future.” Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components, commented: “The mobile charging robot will […]



New battery tech can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days

January 9th, 2020 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

h can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days The new high-capacity lithium-sulfur batteries can pave way for cheaper electric cars and solar grids. Researchers have developed a new solution that is capable of powering smartphones for five continuous days or electric cars to run over 1,000 km without needing to refuel. The new […]



Tesla patents new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries

December 30th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Tesla has made a lot of battery moves this year and it is closing the year by filing a patent on a new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries. Earlier this year, we reported on Tesla’s battery research partner, Jeff Dahn and his team at Dalhousie University, unveiling the impressive results of tests on […]



Gates, Bezos bet on flow battery technology, a potential rival to big bets on lithium-ion

December 18th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

H/O ESS containers The U.S. energy storage market is expected to grow by a factor of 12 in the next five years, from 430MW deployed in 2019 to more than 5GW and a value of more than $5 billion by 2024, says Wood Mackenzie Energy Storage Service. Tesla and GM are making big bets on […]



Electric-car battery prices dropped 13% in 2019, will reach $100/kwh in 2023

December 10th, 2019 at 4:06 pm » Comments Off

Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis Although electric cars haven’t quite taken off in the 2010s the way some had anticipated, sheer economics are pointing to the 2020s as the time when EVs will find that market fever pitch. From 2010 to 2019, lithium-ion battery prices (when looking at the battery pack […]



Scientists develop superfast-charging, high-capacity potassium batteries

November 19th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University have shown that high-capacity, high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated the impressive stability of cathode materials and recorded high energy density in […]



Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study says

November 18th, 2019 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

Generators now on drawing boards will be left uneconomical Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found. By 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. […]



Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time

November 14th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

For a brief moment solar, wind and hydro combined to deliver more than half the power into the National Electricity Market Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50% renewable energy this week in a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal. Data on the sources of power in the National Electricity […]