24 avril 2016

Capacitor Science turns simple capacitor into high density, high energy storage device by altering dielectric materials.

Capacitor Sciences is developing patent-pending materials to create nano-structured crystalline thin films, that when used as the dielectric material in a capacitor, will be able to create high performance capacitive energy storage cells capable of surpassing energy density and power density of lithium ion batteries, at a significantly reduced cost per kWh. In addition, these capacitive energy storage cells will be non-flammable and safe to operate offering a significant benefit over that of lithium ion batteries. New CEO leads... [Lire la suite]

05 avril 2016

How Soon Can Tesla Get Battery Cell Costs Below $100 per Kilowatt-Hour?

credit photo Tesla Where does the lithium-ion battery industry -- and most notably, Tesla/Panasonic -- stand today on battery costs? Solar veterans will recall a time not so long ago when the industry's biggest dream was a PV module with a cost of 99 cents per watt. Obviously, the solar industry has long left that figure in the dust -- module costs of 40 cents per watt are a reality in today's market. In fact, the 99-cent figure was more a VC-funding, press-ready construct than a real economic calculation. Ben Kallo at equity... [Lire la suite]
01 septembre 2015

5 Predictions For The Electric Vehicle Market From Morgan Stanley

1. Battery cost is expected to drop significantly  And by significantly, Morgan Stanley means by a good deal more than half. The report points to Tesla, which aims to produce a battery that costs only $US100/kWh – currently, the average EV battery costs between $US250-400/kWh – from its under-construction Gigafactory. 2. Apple will likely launch into electric cars  This is something many have been predicting, since the tech giant hired former Chrysler executive Doug Betts, who has auto industry experience spanning 30 years.... [Lire la suite]
27 juin 2015

US Energy Storage Management Systems Market to Grow Tenfold by 2019

The U.S. market for energy storage management systems, which are software suites designed to increase the operating efficiency and overall value of energy storage, will grow tenfold between 2014 and 2019. According to GTM Research’s latest report, Energy Storage Management Systems 2015-2019: Applications, Players and Forecast, the market for this software will reach $136 million by 2019.   Source: Energy Storage Management Systems 2015-2019 Originally designed to monitor the health and safety of energy storage deployments,... [Lire la suite]
17 juin 2015

Greensmith Raises $4.9M to Scale Up Energy Storage Software

Nearly 500MW in pipeline, sights set on $10 million raise with strategic and VC investors Greensmith had raised $6 million in angel and early-stage financing as of 2012, and brought in some “planned injections of capital” over the past year or so, he said. Those include $4 million in May 2014, and $1 million in February, according to SEC filings. But the new round is “the major growth funding,” he said. Greensmith is providing its software for about 45 projects with 20 different customers, and has nearly 500 megawatts of projects... [Lire la suite]
11 juin 2015

Presentation of WattStorage at the INNOV'ECO, Cleantech Innovation Hub - June 11th

At the  the INNOV'ECO, Cleantech Innovation  Hub Wattstorage presented its vision on the challenges for energy storage during the round table session " Next step for energy storage"   Credit photo Helene Rambert                             ore information : http://innoveco-paris.com/prochains-rdv/programme-2015/nouveaux-challenges-stockage-energie/

08 juin 2015

The Investigation of a Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Onboard a Boeing 787

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency responsible for investigating all civil aviation accidents in the United States, as well as aviation incidents of significant safety impact. A fire in an auxiliary power unit (APU) lithium-ion battery onboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 78 7 Dreamliner at the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2013 prompted an NTSB incident investigation and ultimately, the Federal Aviation Administration’s grounding of... [Lire la suite]
03 juin 2015

The Japanese government backs large-scale storage to boost solar and help balance the grid.

credit photo NKG At first, Japan's push into energy storage seems odd. Why is a country awash with underused pumped hydro energy storage (44 projects and growing, providing almost 29 gigawatts) now looking to invest heavily in grid-scale batteries -- particularly when the major use for pumped hydro is to service the currently slumbering nuclear fleet? We were alerted to Japan's enthusiasm for large-scale battery deployment when Kyushu Electric Power and Tohoku Electric Power announced they are receiving significant government... [Lire la suite]
03 mai 2015

Could the new Tesla battery transform the "energy infrastructure"?

  Elon Musk / Credit Photo Reuters Rebecca Cooks According to Elon Musk, founder and boss, Tesla was never a simple EV manufacturer But a technology company whose mission is to innovate in the field of energy. Thursday, April 30th, he made a new step in this direction, with the presentation Tesla Energy, a range of so-called stationary batteries designed to homes, businesses and energy producers. Mr. Musk does not only want to accelerate the energy transition. He dreamed of a planet where all the energy consumed ... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2015

Aluminium battery from Stanford offers Fast Charge and Low Cost

Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminium battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our... [Lire la suite]