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Energy Storage

Batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, etc

Storing Energy in Salt and Antifreeze

Written by , on August 8, 2017

Google’s parent company Alphabet’s X Division is trialling an energy storage technology using heated salt and cooled antifreeze.  Read more »

New Material Could Allow Batteries to Charge in Seconds

Written by , on August 7, 2017

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia ave reported that they have developed a new material, called MXene, which will allow batteries to be charged in seconds rather than hours.  Read more »

Electroplating Produces Low-cost High-quality Lithium Batteries

Written by , on May 20, 2017

Researchers have developed have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries.  Read more »

Better Batteries Made from Waste Glass

Written by , on May 8, 2017

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a low-cost chemical process for making nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries from waste glass bottles. The researchers say that the batteries have been found to have four times the capacity of conventional batteries with graphite anodes.  Read more »

New Electrode Could Boost Boost Storage Capacity 30 Times

Written by , on April 7, 2017

Researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Technology have developed a groundbreaking electrode which they say could boost the capacity of existing energy storage technologies by 3,000%.  Read more »

New Technique Could Double the Efficiency of Compressed Air Energy Storage

Written by , on March 30, 2017

An EU project, which is investigating the possibility of storing very large amounts of energy in underground caverns, has proposed a technique which could almost double the efficiency of storing energy of such systems.  Read more »

Low-cost Aluminium-Urea Battery

Written by , on February 18, 2017

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a battery using alumium, graphite and urea which could provide an inexpensive means of energy storage.  Read more »

Power Storage in Homes Increases Emission but Storage by Utilities Has Clear Benefits

Written by , on February 7, 2017

Researchers have found that storing solar energy for nighttime use increases a household’s annual energy consumption compared with using solar panels without storage. On the other hand, storage by utility companies significantly reduces the amount of electricity generation capacity required.  Read more »

New Plastic Could Safely Store Hydrogen

Written by , on December 5, 2016

Researchers at Waseda University in Japan have developed a polymer which can safely store hydrogen.  Read more »

“Diamond Batteries” Could Store Energy for Thousands of Years

Written by , on December 5, 2016

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond enclosing nuclear waste material that could store energy for thousands of years and, when placed in a radioactive field, could generate a small electrical current.  Read more »