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Energy Storage

Batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, etc

New Approach Promises Cheaper Solar Thermal Storage

Written by , on November 5, 2015

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new approach, using thermochemical storage, in which chemical transformation is used in repeated cycles to hold heat, for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy which could reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.  Read more »

Significant Progress Towards the “Ultimate Battery”

Written by , on November 5, 2015

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have reported that they have made a significant advance in the practical development of a lithium-air battery – regarded by many as the “ultimate” battery.  Read more »

Batteries from Wood, Mushrooms or Reeds

Written by , on October 5, 2015

Scientists have developed ways of making better batteries from biological materials such as wood, mushrooms and reeds.  Read more »

Wind Turbine Stores Energy

Written by , on September 25, 2015

A new technology stores excess wind turbine energy and releases it to drive the turbine when winds drop.  Read more »

“Solar Flow Battery” Improves Efficiency by 20%

Written by , on August 7, 2015

Researchers at the Ohio State University have reported that they have developed a device which combines a solar cell and a battery and achieves a 20% energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries.  Read more »

New Material Releases Stored Heat on Demand

Written by , on July 20, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a new type of ceramic material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period and releases the stored heat energy on demand by application of weak pressure.  Read more »

MIT Researcher Claims Breakthrough in Battery Manufacturing

Written by , on June 29, 2015

Yet-Ming Chiang has developed a new process which he says will cut cut the cost of production by a factor of 10 and halve the cost of the batteries.  Read more »

Flexible, Stretchable Battery

Written by , on June 12, 2015

A team of engineers at Arizona State University and Jinan University in China have redesigned the lithium-ion battery to fold, expand and contract, allowing it to stretch and expand to more than 150% of its compacted size even when being used. The new design uses an extremely common battery and overcomes the tendency for the […]  Read more »

“Refrigeration Battery” Can Cut Commercial Energy Use

Written by , on May 6, 2015

A “refrigeration battery”, which stores cooling for later use, can cut peak electricity demand by as much 40%.  Read more »

Hybrid Supercapacitors Promise Large Storage and Fast Charging

Written by , on April 20, 2015

Scientists at UCLA have developed hybrid supercapacitors that can store as much charge as a lead acid battery, yet can be recharged in seconds compared with hours for conventional batteries.  Read more »