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Global energy storage ‘set to soar’

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:55 -- Xuan Zhong
Global energy storage ‘set to soar’

The global energy storage market is projected to soar to more than 300GWh by the end of 2030 from “a meagre starting point” of less than 5GWh last year, according to a new report.

Analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) estimated $103 billion will be invested in energy storage over that period.

 

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Next-gen redox-flow study launched

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
Next-gen redox-flow study launched

A European Union-backed research project to develop materials for next-generation redox-flow battery systems has been launched in Germany.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) is coordinating the ‘FlowCamp’ project, launched towards the end of last month, to develop materials for three next-generation redox-flow battery systems— hydrogen-bromine, aqueous organic and zinc-air flow battery systems.

 

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‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.

 

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ESS a “game-changer” for NZ, study says

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:43 -- News Editor
ESS a “game-changer” for NZ, study says

Building energy storage systems across New Zealand would represent an economic “game-changer” for the country within the next few years, according to new research by national grid owner-operator Transpower.

The company said its research findings show distribution-connected or community-scale batteries are expected to be economic for homes and business from 2020— promising “real potential and benefits from batteries for New Zealand consumers”.

 

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Study points way to ‘safer batteries’

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:11 -- News Editor
Study points way to ‘safer batteries’

Researchers in Japan say they have identified new solid materials that could lead to the production of “potentially-safer” lithium-ion batteries.

According to a study published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, research led by Makoto Moriya, of Shizuoka University’s Department of Chemistry, has identified solid crystals that “self-assemble” to form channels for an electric current that could lead to the manufacture of safer batteries.

 

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Study questions benefits of home solar storage

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
Study questions benefits of home solar storage

A new UK study has claimed there is currently “no economic benefit” from integrating electrical energy storage with solar PV systems in homes— and battery degradation could mean “significant” losses for homeowners.

According to the study by researchers at the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, rooftop PV systems integrated with lithium-ion battery storage “are a promising route for the decarbonisation of the UK’s power sector”.

 

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Work starts on Asian test area to rival Silicon Valley

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
Work starts on Asian test area to rival Silicon Valley

Previously more popular with tourists and pilgrims, the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji could soon become a mecca for energy storage researchers.

Moves to make the area Asia’s answer to Silicon Valley began with the building of a 1MW solar power station in Kofu City, Yamanashi, a prefecture 63 miles west of Tokyo.

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Not a game changing battery- but a very impressive cell!

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:21 -- Gerry Woolf
Stanford University's aluminum-ion battery cell

When is a novel battery not a battery?  When its only an experimental cell and developed at a University. That’s the fact under the hype of last week’s news that researchers had developed an ultrafast charging battery that could replace conventional lithium cells used in today’s consumer electronics.

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Highly active catalyst to improve fuel cells and lithium-air

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 10:44 -- Ruth Williams
Crystal structure of a double perovskite

A highly active catalyst for oxygen evolution, using a water splitting reaction for use in some forms of energy storage, has been discovered by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

It is an advance towards finding an inexpensive and efficient way to split water into its constituent elements for storing, and then re-join the hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity when power is required.

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