Tech expert unveils new battery to challenge lithium-ion

(Image of a “drive and ride” plug-in station in Ontario, Canada. Courtesy of Energy Trends) The rise of electric vehicles and the quest to find solutions to energy storage for the renewables industry have created a breeding ground for tech experts to develop battery technologies. Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company […]

Rechargeable zinc-air batteries zone in on brother lithium

A researcher holds up a rechargeable zinc-air battery (Credit: University of Sydney) Zinc-air batteries are an enticing prospect thanks to their high energy density and the fact they’re made with some of the most common materials on Earth. Unfortunately, those advantages are countered by how difficult it is to recharge these cells. Now, a team at […]

Tesla installing world’s largest battery at South Australian wind farm

Tesla and the South Australian government have partnered to demonstrate energy-storage technology by installing the world’s largest lithium-ion battery on the Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm. Elon Musk’s pledge to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery within 100 days or it will be free seems too good to be true, but is it? Tesla has […]

Latest long-lasting ‘battery’ can charge in seconds, doesn’t degrade

If this battery breakthrough makes it beyond testing, waiting for your smartphone to charge up could be a thing of the past. This tiny, flexible supercapacitor can charge in seconds. Image: University of Central Florida Scientists have developed a method for creating small, flexible supercapacitors that could mean blisteringly fast charging times and more reliable […]

Why Samsung’s Note 7 crisis could soon assist in solving the problem of poor battery life

The recall could provide researchers with a huge batch of potentially faulty batteries that could be tested to improve battery technology in the years ahead Most accidents caused by smartphones are caused by distracted drivers or pedestrians. But a phone that bursts into flames – as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7s have been doing – comes […]

Electric Vehicles Could Be Standard By as early as 2030

By 2030, electric vehicles may account for two-thirds of all cars on the road in cities in developed countries, a report released Tuesday says. The increase in EVs can be pinned to lower technological costs, consumer interest in ride-sharing, and tighter regulations on emissions. The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and McKinsey & […]

Beer Byproduct being used by researchersTo Create New Battery

Breweries’ sugary wastewater is great for creating fungus-powered fuel cells, it is said. University of Colorado Boulder researchers have converted brewery wastewater into battery power. The process uses biological organisms cultivated in the water to make the carbon-based materials required to create cells that store energy. According to those involved in the recent study, the […]

World’s largest second-use battery storage unit prepared for grid connection

The second-use battery storage unit will be connected to the grid in early 2016 As electric cars come towards the end of their life, they create a set of problems that you simply don’t get with petrol cars – namely, getting rid of the batteries. Automotive giant Daimler is doing its bit to tackle the […]

Smartphones Flexible battery from Panasonic

  On the back of a recent story about Samsung patenting a bendable OLED display for smartphones, Panasonic is rumoured to be developing flexible lithium-ion batteries designed for the smartphone market. One of the roadblocks to creating a flexible battery has been the ability for it to retain its charge as it’s bent out of […]

Eguana lords it over Tesla

Bob Moriarty discusses a tiny Canadian technology company based in Calgary with an award winning battery/power converter that is more powerful, more portable and easier to install than the Tesla equivalent. THANK YOU BOB Distributed Storage Between 2014 and 2024 solar/wind power systems or Distributed Energy Storage Systems (DESS) are predicted to increase some sixty-fold […]