Flexibility Services Could Introduce New Players to Energy Sector

Originally published on greentechmedia.com on June 24, 2020. A collaboration between Vodafone and Energy Web is evidence that an emerging flexibility services opportunity is luring new players to the energy sector, insiders believe. The mobile giant and the energy blockchain leader last month announced a partnership to use subscriber identification module (SIM) technology as a […]

Mobile Battery System Launches to Mend Swedish Grid

This article was originally published on greentechmedia.com on May 18, 2020. Swedish battery maker Northvolt and state-owned utility Vattenfall launched a new modular and fully mobile energy storage system on Friday, one they say will be able to patch up stressed grids during a period of rapid electrification. While the system has a more obvious role to play in replacing […]

Silicon: Small Ingredient Plays Major Role in Battery Upgrades

This article was originally published on pnnl.gov on April 28, 2020. RICHLAND, Wash. — The same material you’ll find at the tip of a pencil—graphite—has long been a key component in today’s lithium-ion batteries. As our reliance on these batteries increases, however, graphite-based electrodes are due for an upgrade. For that, scientists are looking to the […]

Next Big Energy Storage Invention comes from New Hampshire

This article was written by Brian McCowan, ERS, on April 1, 2020. New Hampshire history buff repurposes Trebuchets for peak load shaving energy storage Florent “Fritzy” Fritterman was hurling pumpkins at the reproduction castles he had built when he was struck by an idea. “I had read on Zondits,” said Fritterman, “about the growing need […]

EVs 102: What You Need to Know

Taylor Patterson, ERS Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles As with any technology, electric vehicles (EVs) have their own list of advantages and drawbacks. Pros: Cons: – Elimination of tailpipe emissions– Minimal operational costs– Lower maintenance costs– Convenient at-home charging– Unique driving experience – Range anxiety– Recharge time– Accessibility of charging station– Higher upfront cost […]