Australia Combines Solar and Pumped Storage at Abandoned Gold Mine Site

September 14, 2016 – For more than a century Kidston, Australia was a gold mining town but in 2001 that all came to an end. The mine shut down and what was left were the remnants ... Continue Reading →
Energy companies are seeking utility-scale battery storage similar to this pilot project in the UK. Photo credit: UKPN

Advances in Battery Technology Encouraging for Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

September 10, 2016 – The missing element in making the leap to a 100% renewable energy paradigm is storage. And by storage I mean the ability to capture surplus energy from renewable ... Continue Reading →

United Arab Emirates Pilot Project Stores Solar Energy in Desert Sand

August 22, 2016 – The city of Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s great experiment in building a sustainable urban environment for an extreme climate.  Designed to incorporate a bit ... Continue Reading →

Range Anxiety Overblown When Talking About Electric Vehicle Performance

August 17, 2016 – Research done at Massachusetts Institute of Technology indicates that the current electric vehicle (EV) fleet’s limited range should not be a concern when ... Continue Reading →
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Lithium-Ion Batteries May Get an Energy Boost from MIT Engineers

July 31, 2016 – Today lithium-ion batteries are the mainstay of power storage for smartphones, computers and electric vehicles (EVs). The pros for lithium batteries remain the ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Battery That Stores Energy by Making Ice

May 5, 2016 – It’s called the Ice Bear and since 2005 it has been installed in more than 40 locations where it has transformed the way buildings are air conditioned. How ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Nanowire Battery Holds Up to 200,000 Discharge Recharge Cycles

April 22, 2016 – One of the biggest challenges for battery designers is choosing materials that can withstand the repeated discharge and recharge cycles. All of us who have used ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Gel-Based Battery Could Be Just What the Energy Grid Needs

April 15, 2016 – The University of Sydney in Australia, in its research on catalytic chemicals and fuels, appears to have invented a promising new battery technology which has ... Continue Reading →
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Will Electric Vehicles be 35% of New Car Sales Globally in 2040?

February 26, 2016 – In a study published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance yesterday, it forecasts electric vehicles (EVs) will achieve 41 million unit sales by 2040 and 35% of ... Continue Reading →
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The Key to Renewables is Creating a Reliable Bridging Energy Storage Technology

February 20, 2016 – Yesterday an email from the David Suzuki Foundation arrived in my in box and after reading it I realized how important its content is. Written by Senior Editor, ... Continue Reading →