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Ammonia storage. Cornwall lithium and tin. Cobalt for batteries. Get the smarter future Prof Ray Wills sur Twitter : "#electric mobility for devices & transport with #lithium-ion batteries for power will be key to 21stC economy Advances in personal electric mobility will particularly improve life for movement-impaired. The sun goes down, but the power doesn't. Read more. South Australia turns on Tesla's 100MW battery: 'History in the making' South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7. The world’s biggest lithi…

This crucial mineral could transform Chile into a key player in the e-revolution. Lithium is one of the most important raw materials used in top-notch battery technology.

This crucial mineral could transform Chile into a key player in the e-revolution

It will become even more important once the e-mobility revolution gets into full swing. While smartphone batteries use some 3 grams of the light metal, 30 grams are built in to laptop batteries, but standard e-car batteries can use 10 kilos of lithium. Some car models by U.S. maker Tesla have 40 kilos in their battery packs. As our infographic shows, Chile has reserves of around 7.5 million metric tons slumbering under its surface. Resurfacing from the giant battery cave. @nickkwek checks out the Swiss energy storage solution made of compressed air this weekend. Cleantech News — Solar, Wind, EV News (#1 Source) Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building.

#Teslas new Powerpacks to store up to 1GW HT @DanielPAldrich #renewableenergy storage is key. *****Elon Musk's big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world. Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South Australia isn’t just an extraordinary technological breakthrough that signs coal’s death warrant.

*****Elon Musk's big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world

It’s potentially a game changer in the way we do politics, reinserting the importance of basic reality into a debate which has been bereft of it for too long. There’s been a lot written in recent years on the idea that we are living in a “post-truth” world. Climate writer David Roberts brought it to my attention around 2010, when I was grappling with the idea that dinosaur politicians and rent-seeking corporates not only weren’t telling the truth about climate change and energy: they were actively dismissive and destructive of the very idea of truth.

This new device stores solar energy in a liquid - and releases it on demand. Would you buy a smartphone that only worked when the sun was shining?

This new device stores solar energy in a liquid - and releases it on demand

Probably not. What it if was only half the cost of your current model: surely an upgrade would be tempting? No, thought not. Producing lighter, smaller, long-lasting batteries from silicon #energy #storage #cleantech. This battery could revolutionize renewable energy – and it fits in your basement. The race is on to build the next-generation battery that could help the world switch over to clean energy.

This battery could revolutionize renewable energy – and it fits in your basement

But as Bill Gates explained in his blog last year: “storing energy turns out to be surprisingly hard and expensive”. Now Harvard researchers have developed a cheap, non-toxic battery that lasts more than 10 years, which they say could be a game changer for renewable energy storage. Image: REUTERS/Mike Blake. Lithium batteries may be about to abandon the laws of thermodynamics. Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery.

Lithium batteries may be about to abandon the laws of thermodynamics

Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with conventional vehicles on sticker price. The improbable solution, described in a new paper from Goodenough and three co-authors, has drawn intense interest from leading science and technology publications. He estimates that the solution could store five to ten times as much energy as current standard lithium-ion batteries. That’s enough to have Google’s Eric Schmidt tweeting about it. However, other leading battery researchers are skeptical, even mystified, by Goodenough’s claim.

Google's Schmidt Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery - Bloomberg. The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry heavyweights.

Google's Schmidt Flags Promise in New Goodenough Battery - Bloomberg

“John Goodenough, inventor of the lithium battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells,” said Alphabet Inc.’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt via Twitter on Tuesday. Goodenough’s claim that his new battery cells have three times as much energy density as today’s lithium-ion batteries is “promising,” according to Google’s former chief executive officer. QuickTake Building a Better Battery A new and more powerful generation of batteries may be made entirely from glass, according to the conclusions of Goodenough and his team of researchers published by the U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry.

Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats. In the middle of a vast salt desert in Bolivia, tour guide Angel Calani crouches down and jabs his index finger into the crusted earth.

Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats

“Litio,” he announces as he withdraws his finger, now glistening with brine. “We could mine it for a thousand years and not run out.” The 4,000-square-mile Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and unexploited lithium reserve, with the metal sitting just a few centimetres below the surface. Demand for lithium – which is used in pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, and smartphone and electric car batteries – has surged in the past year, ahead of an anticipated boom in electric cars, and is projected to outstrip supply by 2023.

New graphene super batteries charge up in seconds and last virtually forever. With the aid of one of the strongest materials on Earth, a researcher at Australia’s Swinburne University has created a battery that charges up super fast and can be used over and over and over again, without losing efficiency.

New graphene super batteries charge up in seconds and last virtually forever

Researcher Han Lin developed the battery using a form of carbon called graphene, which is commonly heralded as one of the strongest materials on the planet. The new supercapacitor addresses many of the shortcomings of traditional lithium ion batteries, beating them in charging time, lifespan, and also environmental impact. Researchers around the globe have worked on expanding the capabilities of supercapacitors for many years, but they are typically limited in storage capacity. Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries. Batteries Published on December 29th, 2014 | by Tina Casey December 29th, 2014 by Tina Casey Don’t break out the widow’s weeds just yet, but it looks like momentum is building for energy storage to move past the lithium-ion phase and get into the more powerful territory of lithium-sulfur technology.

Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries

In the latest development, a multinational research team has figured out how to overcome a major obstacle in the path of lithium-sulfur energy storage, by using graphene as a “bridge” between different components. In theory, lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries possess far greater energy density than the familiar lithium-ion (Li-ion), so breaking the technology out of the lab and into commercial development could have huge clean tech implications for EV battery range and energy storage for solar and wind sources, among other applications.

@CECHR_UoD smaller electric vehicles with rapid chargers are great for cities; add range extending battery trailers which charge dynamically. Elon Musk Gigafactory drone footage. Early concept art for Tesla's Gigafactory.Tesla Motors Everyone's excited about Tesla's new Model 3 car, but mass producing that electric vehicle is going to require a ton of batteries.

Elon Musk Gigafactory drone footage

Tesla Gigafactory Now Pumping Out Battery Cells. Batteries Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan January 4th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan Moments ago, Tesla emailed that battery cell production has begun at the Gigafactory — mass production. The press release (which is posted in full at the bottom of this article) is clear and concise enough, but here are 7 key highlights: 1st Grid-Scale Tesla Energy Storage System In Europe Officially Opened. Batteries Published on December 8th, 2016 | by James Ayre December 8th, 2016 by James Ayre Europe’s first grid-scale Tesla Powerpack energy storage system installation was recently officially unveiled in Somerset (England), according to recent reports. The new Tesla Powerpack installation was designed to store the electricity generated at a solar photovoltaic (PV) project located at the site. The energy storage project, which was developed by Camborne Energy Storage, is intended to provide enough electricity to supply for the needs of about 500 regional households if necessary.

***Energy storage 'vital' finds survey. Respondents of the Power-Gen Confidence Index survey, were asked to rank, on a scale, from "unimportant" to "vital", a list of 24 technologies and issues. The majority of the 833 respondents — just under 40% — spanning utilities, energy companies, and their suppliers, from across Europe, consistently identified energy storage as 'vital', followed by managing the risk of power blackouts, both in 10 and 20 years' time. However, despite this overwhelming acknowledgement of the significance energy storage is expected to play in the European energy sector's future, only 26% of respondents said they were 'very confident' in the industry's ability as a whole to implement and apply this form of technology.

Younicos to supply Centrica with 49MW battery storage plant. The deal is part of Centrica's wider plans to build a series of flexible power facilities, having secured 15-year agreements for over 500MW of new capacity, mainly gas-fired. The battery storage plant, which will be built at Roosecote in the north-west of England, will provide energy in response to peaks in demand. Roosecote is a large site having originally been built for a coal-fired plant, which has been retired. Britain's largest grid-scale battery 'could transform the energy grid' An £18.4m grid-scale battery system in Bedfordshire has proved the technical and commercial viability of energy storage in Britain following an extensive two-year trial, according to the facility's operator.

UK Power Networks will continue to operate the battery in Leighton Buzzard, helping to meet the continuing demands for electricity in the Bedfordshire town Distribution network operator UK Power Networks has claimed that the fully-automated 6MW/10MWh 6MW ‘big battery’, based in Leighton Buzzard, can potentially transform the energy grid and play a major role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. The Smarter Network Storage (SNS) facility – reportedly the only one of its kind currently operating on the energy network – can store enough electricity to power 6,000 homes for 1.5 hours at peak times.

“The trial has drawn attention to the fact that the UK’s regulatory framework needs to evolve to help exploit its full potential. Value streams. Energy storage: how an abandoned goldmine will be converted into a world first. Gold was discovered on the Copperfield river in north-western Queensland in 1907. As men flocked to find their fortune, a small township was established and named for the state’s then premier, William Kidston. New battery power-storage plants scheduled to keep UK lights on. Giant batteries connected to the grid: the future of energy storage? Across the world, efforts are underway to improve the way we store and distribute energy, as we move towards more sustainable but intermittent forms of energy generation, such as wind and solar power.

Improving the way we store energy is important for the UK’s energy security, as it will allow us to decouple energy generation and its usage. If we can find a better way to store energy it will allow us to save it when it’s generated and use it when it’s required, replacing our current awkward system where generation has to match demand in real time.