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Utility player: How hydropower can help get more wind and solar on the grid


A white paper from the International Energy Agency details how hydropower can help ease the global addition of…
Batteries – Charged up on sodium

February 7, 2020

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that sodium-ion batteries can serve as a low-cost, high performance substitute…
Scientists Learn More about the First Hours of a Lithium-ion Battery’s Life

February 6, 2020

New technology enables nanoscale molecular view of self-assembling gateway structure within. The first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s…
3D-printed aerogel electrodes boost energy storage

January 30, 2020

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Sun Yat-Sen University have…
Defect danger zone: For lithium metal, smaller is stronger

January 28, 2020

The formation of lithium dendrites is still a mystery, but materials engineers study the conditions that enable dendrites…
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Energy for future heating systems can be stored in salt

January 27, 2020

Solar thermal collectors, combined with the storage of energy in salt batteries, can cover 71 percent of the…
From left, Rice University graduate student Quan Anh Nguyen, postdoctoral fellow Anulekha Haridas and graduate student Botao Farren Song construct full-cell batteries with high-capacity silicon anodes and high-voltage nickel manganese cobalt oxide cathodes coated with protective alumina. Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Less may be more in next-gen batteries

January 22, 2020

The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there’s an alumina lining. A slim layer…
ORNL researchers have developed a system that stores electricity as thermal energy in underground tanks, allowing homeowners to reduce their electricity purchases during peak periods while helping balance the power grid. Credit: Andy Sproles, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Grid – Below-ground balancing

January 7, 2020

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a geothermal energy storage system that could reduce peak electricity demand up…
New Kind of Electrodes Could Make Electric Aircraft and Vehicles More Efficient

December 17, 2019

As we look towards a more sustainable future and cutting back on fossil fuel use, there has been…
Rice University graduate student Kaiqi Yang, left, and materials scientist Ming Tang modeled how engineering defects in the atomic lattice of an iron phosphate cathode can improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Detours may make batteries better

December 11, 2019

Here’s a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics, and…
Novel polymer to increase energy density, stability of lithium ion batteries

December 10, 2019

Penn State researchers have developed a novel method that could enable the widespread use of silicon-based anodes, which…
Battery collaboration meeting discusses new pathways to recycle lithium-ion batteries

December 10, 2019

Argonne joins with industry to address the battery recycling challenge. Recycling a lithium-ion battery is not as simple…
Scientists put the ​“solve” in ​“solvent” for lithium-sulfur battery challenge

November 6, 2019

Researchers help manage the trade-offs in designing better batteries. Lithium-ion batteries represent the majority of batteries in consumer…
The World’s Energy Storage Powerhouse

November 1, 2019

Study finds that pumped-storage hydropower offers a low-cost, high-efficiency option for shifting high volumes of energy. Today, nearly…
Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

October 31, 2019

Exposing cathodes to light decreases charge time by a factor of two in lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at the…
Size matters in ion selectivity and energy storage

October 28, 2019

While ions adsorbed on carbon electrodes can vary in size and shape, when it comes to selectivity and…
Argonne multidisciplinary team develops new probe for battery research: Strength in numbers

October 23, 2019

Argonne team develops powerful technique for probing in three dimensions the crystalline structure of cathode materials at the…
Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries

October 16, 2019

Team modifies electrolyte chemistry to prevent the piercing structures Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth…
PETRA III shows possible route to new rocket fuels

October 15, 2019

Stable high-energy material based on magnesium and nitrogen discovered by researchers from the University of Bayreuth. High-energy materials…
Smarter energy

September 30, 2019

Over the past few decades, the world has made significant progress in developing renewable sources of energy. While…
A battery with a twist

September 25, 2019

Today’s electronics industry is increasingly focusing on computers or smartphones with screens that can be folded or rolled.…
Piotrek and CSIRO to make next-gen lithium batteries for global market

September 12, 2019

A new partnership between Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and Japanese specialist chemical manufacturer, Piotrek, will see Australian-developed…
Optimize, not Oversize

September 1, 2019

New PNNL report shows utilities not ready to capitalize on energy storage benefits. Most people don’t really think…
Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure

August 22, 2019

A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why…
Illustration of detergent-like ionic liquids on an electrode surface. Image credit: Xianwen Mao/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives

August 14, 2019

An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out…
Materials for a more sustainable future

August 13, 2019

On the second floor of the Chemistry 1958 building, just above the general chemistry labs, the Mallouk research…
ECO COM’BAT opens up new approach to enhance sustainability of high-voltage batteries

August 4, 2019

Electromobility sets challenging requirements for new high-performance batteries – cruising range, life span, safety, or charging times, to…
A high-performance battery for renewable energy storage

July 26, 2019

A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable…
‘Robotic Blood’ Powers and Propels Synthetic Lionfish

July 15, 2019

Biology is full of highly complex systems that scientists have long studied in an attempt to mimic their…
No more trial-and-error when choosing an electrolyte for metal-air batteries

July 11, 2019

Metal-air batteries have been pursued as a successor to lithium-ion batteries due to their exceptional gravimetric energy densities.…
Scientists Design Organic Cathode for High Performance Batteries

June 4, 2019

The new, sulfur-based material is more energy-dense, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than traditional cathodes in lithium batteries. Researchers…
Fungal batteries will store alternative energy

May 28, 2019

Researchers from DTU Bioengineering and Aalborg University have joined the quest to find mould fungi that are particularly good at producing pigments—quinones—which…
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage

May 22, 2019

One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that’s generated from wind,…
Ben Ollis: Microgrids for a resilient power system

May 20, 2019

While learning the ins and outs of utility operations as a part-time dispatcher during college, Ben Ollis coped…
Assessing battery performance: Compared to what?

May 10, 2019

Multi-organizational team seeks to level the field in Li-ion battery research. Scientists must often ask themselves, compared to…
New North Sea wind adventure could make Denmark a green leader

April 30, 2019

A new development project involving several Danish businesses aims to deliver the right technologies and services for the…
Takes a licking and keeps on storing

April 24, 2019

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis made an energy storage device that can withstand a hammer striking…
Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

March 18, 2019

People don’t ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it’s needed and for as long as it…
Cause of Cathode Degradation Identified for Nickel-rich Materials

March 18, 2019

Combination of research methods reveals causes of capacity fading, giving scientists better insight to design advanced batteries for…
LLNL researchers launch collaboration with communities improve clean energy

March 14, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently launched a new initiative focused on sharing solutions developed at the Lab…
Proton transport ‘highway’ may pave way to better high-power batteries

January 31, 2019

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a chemical mechanism first described more than two centuries ago…
Rocks of the North Sea could be used to store renewable energy

January 25, 2019

Renewable power is great. Wind, tide and river energy can be harnessed quite effectively these days, but there…
Cartilage could be key to safe ‘structural batteries’

January 14, 2019

Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs, a University of Michigan professor has discovered,…
“Sun in a box” would store renewable energy for the grid

December 10, 2018

MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as…
Scientists made a small step closer to new generation of aluminium-ion batteries

December 5, 2018

We are moving closer to the battery-powered future. There are more and more cars on the road that…
ORNL researchers used surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS, from a gold nanoparticle monolayer, which is capable of depicting the solvation structure of cations in electrolytes near the solid–liquid interface in a lithium-ion battery. The nanogap SERS provides a unique, high-sensitive platform for studying the solvation structure and ion transport in a wide category of electrolyte systems at electrified interfaces. Credit: Guang Yang/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Batteries—Solid-liquid interface

December 4, 2018

By studying the inner workings of lithium-ion batteries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a highly sensitive…
World’s first solar-powered mini-grids with hydrogen storage for Uganda

December 4, 2018

Engineers from the University of Southampton is part of a consortium funded by the Belgian Government to deploy…
Modernizing the power grid through the innovative solar project

December 3, 2018

The Case School of Engineering and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University…
Faster-charging, safer batteries

November 29, 2018

Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of…
Chemistry professor’s research shocking the battery field

November 6, 2018

Every year, Apple unveils a new iPhone complete with a longer-lasting battery. In the newest model, Apple touts…
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