System Provides Hybrid Electric Autos With Power to Spare
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Storage on Thursday, 04 February 2010
A new PHEV traction drive power electronics system provides more power than typical freestanding portable generators, and can be used in emergency situations such as power outages and roadside breakdowns or leisure occasions such as camping.
Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory
Posted in News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Government Initiatives, Alternative Fuels on Monday, 11 January 2010
Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Batteries Made From Ordinary Paper
Posted in Videos, News, Videos, News, Batteries, Energy Storage on Wednesday, 09 December 2009
Using nanotechnology, Stanford scientists are producing ultra-lightweight, bendable batteries and supercapacitors in the form of everyday paper. Coating a sheet of paper with ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires makes a highly conductive storage device.
New Nano-Material Could Revolutionize Solar Panels and Batteries
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power on Tuesday, 08 December 2009
Tel Aviv University researchers have found a novel way to control the atoms and molecules of peptides so that they "grow" to resemble small forests of grass. These "peptide forests" repel dust and water — a perfect self-cleaning coating for windows or solar panels which, when dirty, become far less efficient.
First Night Flight Using Solar Energy On the Horizon
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Alternative Fuels on Friday, 04 December 2009
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA - the first airplane designed to fly day and night without fuel - left the ground yesterday for the first time. Recent results from ground tests had verified the prototype's controllability, acceleration, braking paths, and engine power.
Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies and the Automotive Industry
Posted in Videos, Videos, News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Alternative Fuels on Wednesday, 25 November 2009
A lecture from Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division covers some promising materials research efforts that are expected to lead to improved battery technology. Mark Verbrugge, the director of the Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab at General Motors' Research & Development Center, discusses the research.
Smartphone Application Sheds Light on Power Consumption
Posted in News, Products, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Monday, 23 November 2009
PowerTutor, a new application developed by researchers at the University of Michigan for the Android smartphone, shows users how much power their applications are consuming. PowerTutor shows in real time how four different phone components use power: the screen, the network interface, the processor, and the GPS receiver.

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