With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Inayat Singh writes on the CBC News website about the importance of recycling old batteries as sources for lithium and cobalt become more concentrated in only a few countries. For example, 70 % of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.   Battery recycling could help make electric vehicle production more sustainable The … Continue reading With limited supplies of key materials, the need to recycle old batteries becomes more important

Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs at Penn State writes on The Conversation website about the possibilities of electric cars helping to power homes. Still, even with V2H, electric vehicles are a huge potential market for electric utilities.   Can my electric car power my house? Not yet for most … Continue reading Vehicle-to-home charging is on its way

The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

Bryant Jones, Ph.D. Candidate of Energy Policy at Boise State University and Michael McKibben, Research Professor of Geology at the University of California, Riverside write on The Conversation website that geothermal is on the verge of unlocking vast quantities of lithium from naturally occurring hot brines beneath places like in California.   How a few … Continue reading The forgotten member of the clean energy family, geothermal, on verge of new opportunities

New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Obviously, expecting the electric vehicle market to expand dramatically, there are several efforts underway in Europe to build high-volume plants for electric batteries. Maddy Savage discusses latest efforts in an article on the BBC website.   Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force Surrounded by a forest of tall … Continue reading New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

It is encouraging that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in the US is organizing demonstration tests of electric propulsion. It turns out Nasa has been working on electric planes for the past decade and it is good to see the demonstrations now starting. Oliver Milman discusses latest developments in an article on the … Continue reading Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles

Shortage of key materials and rising demand for batteries prompt urgent calls for action to avoid supply issues. Alan Tovey discusses the issues in an article on The Telegraph website.   Electric car rush drives rare earths arms race Car companies’ rush to go all-electric is likely to drive an arms race between manufacturers as … Continue reading Manufacturers fight to source the exotic materials needed to produce batteries for electric vehicles

Is new fast-charging battery a gamechanger?

With the increased attention to switch to electric vehicles, one of the weak points concerns batteries. One Israeli company has come up with a battery that can be fully charged in just five minutes. While five-minute charging is not a complete gamechanger, it makes the transition to electric vehicles an easier sell, according to an … Continue reading Is new fast-charging battery a gamechanger?

US trails China and EU in creating clean energy jobs

Alexandra Ellerbeck writes on the Washington Post website about the challenges facing the Biden administration to create millions of jobs, particularly related to battery technology critical for powering electric cars and storing solar and wind energy   China, Europe way ahead of U.S. when it comes to clean energy jobs President Biden has promised that … Continue reading US trails China and EU in creating clean energy jobs

One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

There is greater awareness of the need for energy storage due to the rapid growth of solar and wind power which may be renewable but only generates electricity intermittently. Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology at University of Southampton writes on The Conversation website about the plans for one of the world’s largest battery storage … Continue reading One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

California has had to adopt new measures to keep sufficient electricity supply

Last month as a heat wave slammed California (okay, now there are fires) and the state turned to electricity stored at businesses and even homes to meet electricity demand. Ivan Penn explains in an article on the New York Times website.   Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries When demand exceeded supply … Continue reading California has had to adopt new measures to keep sufficient electricity supply