Making Durable Synthetic Catalysts for Energy Storage
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Alternative Fuels on Thursday, 11 August 2011
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works ten times faster than the original protein found in water-dwelling microbes - clocking in at 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.
Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Alternative Fuels on Thursday, 30 June 2011
A team of students from Virginia Tech University won EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition.
High-Efficiency Power Manager
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Monday, 13 June 2011
Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC4155, a high-power, I2C-controlled, high-efficiency PowerPath™ manager, ideal diode controller, and lithium-ion battery charger for single-cell portable devices such as tablet PCs, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), personal video players, smart phones, digital cameras, PDAs, portable medical and industrial devices, and personal navigation devices.
Lithium-Ion Batteries
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage on Tuesday, 07 June 2011
Panasonic (Rolling Meadows, IL) has introduced a high rate lithium-ion cell, the CGR18650CH. The cell’s Nickel Manganese-based cathode material delivers higher discharge rates and better energy density and voltage than comparative cells. The cells are suitable for multi-cell applications.
Testing Smart Energy-Management Systems
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Smart Grid on Tuesday, 19 April 2011
In the SmartEnergyLab, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany are investigating how to network various electrical household appliances and operate them remotely. The researchers can analyze, assess, and develop almost any energy-management system for controlling power and heat.
High-Power Transformers
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Friday, 25 March 2011
Payton Planar Magnetics (Deerfield Beach, FL) offers high-power transformers with 99%+ efficiencies. These types of transformers are used in battery charging stations for HV and can be connected in series to achieve 60-80KW. All Payton automotive magnetics are qualified to meet full automotive specs.
Improving the Vanadium Redox Battery
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power on Friday, 18 March 2011
Though considered a promising large-scale energy storage device, the vanadium redox battery's use has been limited by its inability to work well in a wide range of temperatures and its high cost. New research indicates that modifying the battery's electrolyte solution significantly improves its performance - so much so that the upgraded battery could improve the electric grid's reliability and help connect more wind turbines and solar panels to the grid.

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