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US cash boost for energy storage research

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:58 -- Xuan Zhong
US cash boost for energy storage research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $30 million shot in the arm for energy storage research.

The funding is part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme aimed at developing “innovative technologies for long-duration energy storage on the power grid”— providing reliable electricity for between 10 and around 100 hours.

 

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Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Researchers in the US say they have developed a new technique using heat to “enable lithium-metal self-healing” to eliminate the dendrite build-up in battery anodes.

The team at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim to have discovered a way to use internal battery heat “to diffuse the dendrites into a smooth layer”.

 

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NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say they have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

In a proof-of-concept paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the research team said they have pioneered a method to enable the reversible chemistry of magnesium metal in the noncorrosive carbonate-based electrolytes and tested the concept in a prototype cell.

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Singapore to host solid state research joint venture

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:47 -- John Shepherd
Singapore to host solid state research joint venture

A new $20 million batteries research lab is being set up in Singapore to study how innovative nanomaterials could be used to produce “safer and more efficient” batteries.

The lab, jointly financed by Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec and the NanoBio Lab of the Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which will be housed in Singapore’s biomedical research hub— Biopolis.

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:36 -- John Shepherd
US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:33 -- John Shepherd

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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Researchers hail “proton battery breakthrough”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:15 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail “proton battery breakthrough”

Researchers in Australia have unveiled a working prototype of a “proton battery” that they say could eventually overtake lithium-ion as a more powerful and sustainable alternative.

The Melbourne RMIT University team said potential applications for the proton battery include home energy storage devices charged from solar panels and electric vehicle charging.

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US military to test “improved liquid metal battery”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:58 -- Xuan Zhong
US military to test “improved liquid metal battery”

An improved liquid metal battery that researchers say has the potential to retain 99.4% of its capacity even after 10 years of continuous use is to undergo testing by the US military.

Materials chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Donald Sadoway (right), who led the research, told BBB studies showed improved performance after replacing the battery’s traditional ceramic membrane with titanium nitride steel mesh.

 

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Li batteries “can be charged five times faster”— UK study

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Li batteries “can be charged five times faster”— UK study

Researchers in the UK say they have developed “precise” testing technology that shows existing automotive lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.

The team led by Dr Tazdin Amietszajew (pictured) of the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) said the technology works in-situ during a battery’s normal operation— without impeding its performance.

 

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Eaton team moves into NREL

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:27 -- News Editor
Eaton team moves into NREL

Power management company Eaton and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have entered into a cooperative agreement to place 15 members of Eaton’s Research team at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.

“This first-of-its-kind agreement for Eaton and NREL is an exciting next step in our long relationship,” said Ramanath Ramakrishnan, Eaton’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer. “We will be able to substantially accelerate the innovation process. This infrastructure, combined with Eaton’s ability to mitigate the risks associated with early-stage technologies, will help us more efficiently translate ideas into next generation solutions.”

 

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