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Ultra-fast Charging Lithium Batteries Using Asphalt

Written by , on November 21, 2017

Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found that adding asphalt to the anode of lithium metal batteries allows them to be charged much faster and makes them less likely to short circuit and fail.  Read more »

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 »