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California breaks solar energy storage record

The growth of renewables in California was marked by two records being broken. The first relates to energy generated from solar power and the second reflates to energy storage from solar power sources.

Energy storage grows by 200 percent in U.S.

Thanks to a thriving renewable energy sector in the U.S., energy storage — the batteries or other technologies that can store energy for at least four hours or even longer — has grown an astounding 200 percent year-over-year.

Hybrid energy offers grid fluctuation fix

Friebus - Electrical grids require modification due to the increase in renewable energy sources. Industry leaders aim to expand both electricity storage capacity and flexible energy management. To achieve this, a new hybrid energy storage system has been developed.

The world's first rechargeable proton battery has been created

Researchers in Australia have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.

Solar and wind could meet 80 percent of US electricity demand

The U.S. could easily meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, while 100 percent could be met by scaling up energy storage capacity and capabilities.

Man-made St. Elmo's fire created in open air for the first time

For the first time, engineers at Caltech have created a stable ring of plasma in the open air—essentially capturing lightning in a bottle, but without the bottle.

Ceramic pump developed capable of moving molten metals

Researchers have developed a ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 degrees Celsius (1,673 Kelvin), opening the door to a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems.

Hurricanes shed light on the vulnerabilities in U.S. power grid

Two Category 4 hurricanes, back-to-back, not only caused extensive damage, massive flooding, and loss of lives – they also laid bare the poor condition of the nation's electrical grid.

'No fire risk' lithium batteries launched

Researchers have developed a new type of lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire. The new devices are suitable for consumer electronics as well as business applications.

Energy storage — The need for reliable software modeling tools

One of the biggest issue facing grid-based energy storage today is its availability and one of the reasons it hasn't taken off at a more rapid pace is the bankability of energy storage technology.

Full suite of megawatt-scale energy storage solutions rolled out

Vermont-based Northern Power Systems Corp., a provider of distributed energy power systems, is now offering a suite of energy storage solutions that incorporate various battery types and capabilities, depending on the application and end-user need.

U.K. announces it will invest $320 million in energy storage R&D

London - In a move aimed at powering the transition to a low-carbon economy, the U.K. is set to invest in battery technology research and development to the tune of £246 million ($320 million) over the next four years.

Digital transformation is reshaping the energy sector

Big data analytics and the Internet of Things are reshaping the energy sector. The biggest gains are with the way power plants operate, in terms of cost savings, and the way assists are managed.

Essential Science: New material promises better car batteries

In the technology conscious world everyone wants better batteries: more powerful in terms of charge retention, lighter, and more reliable. Batteries have lagged behind other technological advances. This could be about to change.

New York and Massachusetts set energy storage targets

New York and Massachusetts have joined a growing number of states that are setting targets for energy storage as wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are supplying increasing amounts of power to their electric grids.

Extending battery life through low-cost material

The limitation with the life-time of batteries remains a big frustration for consumers, especially as our reliance upon electronic devices increases. Several projects are underway to make batteries last longer. We look at one of the latest ideas.

Improved electricity storage leads to innovation

A study from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee demonstrates how improved electrical storage technology spurs innovation and boosts the efficiency across the entire electricity sector.

Advancing storage of solar energy in liquid form

An efficient way to store energy form solar power is in liquid form using chemicals, according to a new research. The stored energy can be transported and released as heat as required.

Energy services providers driving innovation and change Special

Washington - Charting changes in energy storage, this reporter recently met with the managements of 3 rapidly emerging energy storage technology services providers to learn about their fierce pace for driving change in the electric utility industries.

Op-Ed: MIT's big solar breakthough: The economics of the future just got born

It’s so simple it’s stunning. Just do what any plant can do, and you can have as much solar power as you want. The missing link in the equation? An electrode. That’s also a good look at the costing: peanuts. This is the jackpot, in any language
 

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Caltech engineers have created a stable ring of plasma in the open air.
Caltech engineers have created a stable ring of plasma in the open air.
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The 1 MW 4 MWh containerized vanadium flow battery owned by Avista Utilities and manufactured by Uni...
The 1 MW 4 MWh containerized vanadium flow battery owned by Avista Utilities and manufactured by UniEnergy Technologies. The energy storage system is installed in Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, on Northeast Hopkins Court, Pullman, WA.
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Picture of a painting by Giuseppe Bertini of Alessandro Volta demonstrating his  Volta battery  to N...
Picture of a painting by Giuseppe Bertini of Alessandro Volta demonstrating his "Volta battery" to Napoleon in 1801.
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A diagram showing in profile how the plasma rings are formed.
A diagram showing in profile how the plasma rings are formed.
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Gravitricity has devised a giant weight system that drops down into disused mine shafts to create po...
Gravitricity has devised a giant weight system that drops down into disused mine shafts to create power on demand using gravity.
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How A-CAES Works
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Diagram of the TVA pumped storage facility at Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant.
Diagram of the TVA pumped storage facility at Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant.
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Toshiba’s SCiBTM is a highly innovative lithium-ion secondary battery  and is effective for  ironi...
Toshiba’s SCiBTM is a highly innovative lithium-ion secondary battery, and is effective for ironing out frequency fluctuations and supporting stable power networks, and has supplied systems for projects in Japan and around the world.
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The system  supplied by IHI Energy Storage  sits behind the meter at a large petrochemical facility
The system, supplied by IHI Energy Storage, sits behind the meter at a large petrochemical facility
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File photo: The 150 MW Andasol solar power station is a commercial parabolic trough solar thermal po...
File photo: The 150 MW Andasol solar power station is a commercial parabolic trough solar thermal power plant, located in Spain. The Andasol plant uses tanks of molten salt to store solar energy so that it can continue generating electricity even when the sun isn't shining.
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The upper reservoir (Llyn Stwlan) and dam of the Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Scheme in north Wales. Pi...
The upper reservoir (Llyn Stwlan) and dam of the Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Scheme in north Wales. Picture taken in 1988.
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Georgia Tech Graduate Student Caleb Amy holds a ceramic gear developed for a pump able to transfer m...
Georgia Tech Graduate Student Caleb Amy holds a ceramic gear developed for a pump able to transfer molten tin at more than 1,400 degrees Celsius.
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Enel Green Energy s  Stillwater  solar power plant in the United States.
Enel Green Energy's "Stillwater" solar power plant in the United States.
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Hall effect thruster. The electric field in a plasma double layer is so effective at accelerating io...
Hall effect thruster. The electric field in a plasma double layer is so effective at accelerating ions that electric fields are used in ion drives. July 24, 2004
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As Texas adds more wind energy  will battery storage play a bigger role in the state s generation mi...
As Texas adds more wind energy, will battery storage play a bigger role in the state's generation mix?
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Graduate Student Caleb Amy pours molten tin into a crucible in the laboratory of Asegun Henry at Geo...
Graduate Student Caleb Amy pours molten tin into a crucible in the laboratory of Asegun Henry at Georgia Tech. A new ceramic-based pump designed and tested at Georgia Tech was used to transfer molten tin at more than 1,400 degrees Celsius.
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Image shows liquid metal flowing at 1400 degrees Celsius in the laboratory of Asegun Henry at Georgi...
Image shows liquid metal flowing at 1400 degrees Celsius in the laboratory of Asegun Henry at Georgia Tech. Even though all the surrounding materials are glowing, the tin remains reflective and the ripples from the pool of tin below are visible via reflections from the stream.
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