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New Cathode Designs May Increase Battery Performance

“Hot” New Cathode Finding Could Boost Battery Performance Research opens up new possible designs for advanced battery cathodes needed for electric cars Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, June 2018 Lithium-ion batteries involve an intricately designed chemical recipe, one that scientists are constantly trying to improve. The latest tweak from researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and […]

Environment America Report Takes Stock of U.S. Clean Energy Progress

No Longer a Novelty, Clean Energy Technologies Boom All Across the US A new report documents the democratization of renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles in America. Written by Julia Pyper, greentechmedia.com, July 19, 2018 It was 1997, and stakeholders were working hard to help craft the first renewable energy standard in the State of […]

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Congress Hears the Case for Energy Storage

Energy Storage Gets Its Day in Congress The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited experts to testify on what federal storage policy should look like. Written by Julian Spector, greentechmedia.com, July 18, 2018 Energy storage experts got to ask what their country could do for them Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Committee convened a […]

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Could Ammonia be the Future of Energy Storage?

Bryan Kilgore, ERS for Zondits, July 10, 2018 Siemens is testing the use of ammonia to transport hydrogen for energy storage, particularly in conjunction with renewable generation. Hydrogen has proven particularly challenging to transport; however, ammonia is a common industrial product that is already transported in large quantities. Currently, ammonia is predominantly produced using the […]

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“Smart Community” in Alabama Acts as Living Laboratory for Microgrid

Alabama Microgrid Studies Future of Energy Infrastructure Written by Andrew Soergel, usnews.com, July 2, 2018 At first glance, the newly constructed Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, looks like any other newly constructed well-to-do neighborhood. The homes carry a modern, though not entirely futuristic, design. The streets wind in a rectangle, branching off in one […]

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The Irregular Economics of Solar Panel Manufacturing

Siddarth Panir, ERS for Zondits, July 2, 2018 The “photovoltaic phenomenon” was first noted by the French physicist Edmond Becquerel in the scientific journal Le Comptes Rendus de l’Académie. His experiment involved irradiating two metallic plates, immersed in an acidic solution, with uneven levels of radiation. While the uneven radiation knocks out extra electrons from […]

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How Russia is Powering the World Cup

Energy plays soccer in Russia More than 1.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup… Written by Nicholas Newman, eniday.com, June 26, 2018 This summer’s football festival takes place in eleven Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi. Of the 12 venues, […]

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New York State Outlines Energy Storage Goal Roadmap

New York unveils roadmap to 1.5 GW storage by 2025 Written by Iulia Gheorghiu, utilitydive.com, June 21, 2018 Dive Brief: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a comprehensive state energy storage roadmap — 1,500 MW by 2025, as a first stop toward a larger goal by 2030. The roadmap’s recommendations range from using the previously […]