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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 […]



How cheap must batteries get for renewables to compete with fossil fuels?

November 4th, 2019 at 1:47 pm » Comments Off

Production of lithium batteries for environmentally friendly electric cars future of energy  While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features […]



First fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery is seven times more efficient than lithium ion

October 3rd, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

 Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries are attractive energy storage systems because they have a specific energy density that is more than seven times greater than commonly used lithium-ion batteries. Until now, however, scientists have not been able to develop a fully rechargeable prototype, despite their potential to store more energy. Researchers at the University of Illinois at […]



Tesla battery researcher unveils new cell that could last 1 million miles in ‘robot taxis’

September 15th, 2019 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Tesla’s battery research partner has released a new paper on a battery cell that could last over 1 million miles, which they say is going to be particularly useful in ‘robot taxis’ — something that Tesla wants to bring to market. When talking about the economics of Tesla’s future fleet of robotaxis at the Tesla […]



Lamborghini Sián: The world’s first supercapacitor-hybrid supercar

September 13th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Sensual curves meet jagged angles in the remarkable Sian, Lamborghini’s first hybrid and the first car in production history to use a supercapacitor hybrid system Lamborghini has chosen a radically different way of dipping its toe in the waters of hybridization with the announcement of its new Sián, which couples a screaming, naturally aspirated V12 […]



Cambridge startup claims breakthrough electric car battery that can charge in 6 minutes

September 6th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

A startup that spun out of Cambridge University claims a battery breakthrough that can charge an electric car in just six minutes. It’s something we heard before, but the difference here is that they claim that they can commercialize the new battery as soon as next year. The startup, Echion Technologies, was founded by Dr. […]



BMW brings wireless charging to the US

August 28th, 2019 at 9:34 am » Comments Off

Because plugging in an electric vehicle is a hassle. BMW first announced its wireless charging pilot program back in 2017. It works with BMW 530e plug-in hybrid models and the pilot program is helping people test the ability to charge the cars using magnetic induction. The system works in much the same way as we […]



Chinese shadow growing longer over India’s electric-vehicle dream

August 19th, 2019 at 2:01 pm » Comments Off

India’s dream of getting more and more middle-class families to use electric vehicles (EVs) seems to be hinging to Beijing, which controls the supply of some key battery components. And this might well become another flashpoint in the volatile relations between India and China. With nations placing a strategic interest in controlling the supply chain, […]



Tesla’s Megapack battery is big enough to help grids handle peak demand

August 16th, 2019 at 12:28 am » Comments Off

A new industrial storage product coming as the company’s lost its lead in home solar Tesla announced a new massive battery today called Megapack that could replace so-called “peaker” power plants, which provide energy when a local electrical grid gets overloaded. Tesla says that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will deploy several Megapacks at Moss […]



Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

An innovative thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels as a viable source of power for commercial and heavy industries around the world, including mining operations. Curtin is collaborating with international renewable energy companies United Sun Systems and […]



Fake blood pumps life into this robotic fish

July 14th, 2019 at 3:45 am » Comments Off

Autonomous robots may soon be an ever-present force in our lives, but they are going nowhere fast — or rather, a short distance quickly — without better batteries. You’ve surely seen modern robots scamper through woods or vacuum your floors, but they can only do it for short periods before their energy runs out. Many […]



The holy grail of lithium batteries

May 27th, 2019 at 2:34 am » Comments Off

Mark Bissett, lecturer in nanomaterials at The University of Manchester, poses for a photograph holding a model showing the hexagonal structure of graphene inside a laboratory at the National Graphene Institute facility, part of the The University of Manchester, in Manchester, U.K., on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Researchers are studying ways to use graphene in […]



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