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German materials firm Heraeus launches conductive porous carbon powders for lithium-ion battery electrodes

German materials engineering firm Heraeus has launched Porocarb, a family of conductive porous carbon powder to improve ionic conductivity in electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

Beacon Power opens flywheel facility in Pennsylvania

Beacon Power, a manufacturer of large flywheel energy storage systems, has begun commercial operation at its 20 MW flywheel energy storage facility in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania.

Commerical solar energy storage sector poised for dramatic growth – analysts

The commercial sector of the solar energy storage market is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017, according to a report by analysts IHS.

US separators patent issued to Johnson Controls Autobatterie

The US Patent & Trademark Office issued Johnson Controls Autobatterie GmbH a patent for a set of separators for a lead-acid rechargeable battery on 17 September.

Lithium-ion cell not battery pack costs will halve by 2020 – LG, Johnson Controls

Top executives at LG Chem and Johnson Controls said the cost of lithium-ion cells used in electric and hybrid vehicles are likely to be about half of today's price by 2020, but overall costs of packs are unlikely to fall by as much.

China unveils a new round of electric car subsidies

China has unveiled a new round of subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles in a bid to combat rising air pollution in its major cities.

International Lead Management Center’s Brian Wilson snags International Lead Award

Brian Wilson of the International Lead Management Center (ILMC) was awarded the 2013 International Lead Award at the 15th Asian Battery Conference, in Singapore.

ViZn Energy Systems launches 160 kWh zinc redox flow battery for micro-grid market

US firm ViZn Energy Systems (formerly Zinc Air) has commenced manufacturing of its zinc redox flow battery for customer pre-orders in the US and Europe.

Johnson Controls unveils 48v lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery

Johnson Controls has unveiled its first-generation 48V lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Where there’s muck there’s power - Stanford University make ‘microbial battery’ from sewage

Engineers at California’s Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage, using naturally occurring "wired microbes" as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.