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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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Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:01 -- John Shepherd
Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

New research into solid-state batteries has won a share of a GBP42 million ($59.8m) UK government grant to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology.

The research, to be conducted by an academia-industry partnership led by the University of Oxford, is one of four projects chosen for the funding through the Faraday Institution— launched last year as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy.

 

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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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