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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Microbatteries to out-perform supercaps

Microtechnology has been used to create lithium-ion microbatteries that a research team at the University of Illinois claim will out-perform rivals on energy and power.

SAFT posts dip in first quarter sales

Saft announces a drop in overall year-on-year sales figures based on the first quarter of 2012.

KiWi Power shortlisted for UK's leading green energy prize

Demand response provider KiWi Power has been shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Ashden Awards, the UK’s leading green energy prize.

United Rentals expands operations in Virginia, Louisiana and Arizona

Temporary power provider United Rentals has expanded its specialty rental branch network with the addition of three locations in the United States.

Middle East, Africa UPS market worth $550m in 2012

UPS sales in the Middle East and Africa returned to growth in 2012 after three years of decline and growth is forecast to continue in 2013, according to analysts IHS.

LED streetlamp doubles as emergency power source

Sanken Electric Company in Japan has developed a novel LED street lamp that not only provides light from renewable energy, but can serve as an emergency power supply.

Joint venture building EV for Chinese market

Geely Automobile Group and Detroit Electric have announced a partnership to develop pure electric vehicles and drive systems for the Chinese market.

Sainsbury's joins UK hydrogen programme

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has joined the UKH2Mobility programme in its second phase to promote a hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure and the use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV) in the UK.

Silicon carbide semiconductor protects from power surges

Silicon-carbide used as a semiconductor in a fault current limiter could stop rolling blackouts caused by power surges in US national grid.

Charging stations installed in EV users homes to monitor energy usage

The UK is set to be grid ready for electric vehicles thanks to a project to monitor what impact EVs will have on electricity networks.