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

Development in sodium-ion batteries has made significant progress recently

We are regularly reading about latest technical developments. Alexander Freund discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Sodium-ion rechargeable batteries could soon be a cheaper and resource-saving alternative to current lithium-ion cells. Powerful prototypes and ground-breaking findings in basic research make a breakthrough seem imminent.   The batteries of the future: … Continue reading Development in sodium-ion batteries has made significant progress recently

Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

Alan Brent, Professor and Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand discusses how electric vehicles can contribute to the grid in an article on The Conversation website.   Climate explained: could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid? Technically it is possible. You … Continue reading Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

Finding the most cost-effective approach to storing renewable energy

While the UK government is correct that the national grid needs more energy storage to support the shift to further renewable energy generation, a focus on building large, expensive batteries isn’t necessarily the answer. Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology at the University of Southampton explains in an article on The Conversation website.   The … Continue reading Finding the most cost-effective approach to storing renewable energy

Breakthrough with lifetime of batteries for electric vehicles lasting five times longer than average

We are always interested in technology innovation and we have seen a lot of progress in the development of batteries for electric vehicles. Louise Boyle writes on The Independent website about latest developments from the world’s largest maker of batteries for electric vehicles.   Landmark million-mile battery to power electric vehicles is ready for production … Continue reading Breakthrough with lifetime of batteries for electric vehicles lasting five times longer than average

A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project showcasing its technology in Scotland

Greig Cameron writes on the Times website about a demonstration project in Scotland that will use gravity-powered batteries. What are your views on this technology?   Gravity-powered batteries generate electricity when the wind dies down A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project … Continue reading A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project showcasing its technology in Scotland

A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about a  new manufacturing method invented by scientists at the University of Maryland that both meets the needs of modern ceramics and fosters the discovery of new material innovations.   ‘Superfast’ new manufacturing method could allow breakthrough in battery technology, scientists say A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic … Continue reading A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

Tesla might become an energy provider in the United Kingdom

Tesla has applied to the energy regulatory to be authorised to generate electricity. At this point it is unclear what Tesla’s intentions are behind the application. The company has developed rechargeable, lithium-ion battery-storage projects called Tesla PowerPack and Powerwall, which have been used in Wales and other parts of the UK. Adam Smith discusses latest … Continue reading Tesla might become an energy provider in the United Kingdom

The flow battery is staking a claim in the renewable energy world of the future

Flow batteries have longer lives than lithium-ion batteries and show great promise. The problem so far is that they rely on the costly material vanadium. Irina Slav writes on the OilPrice website that there are new developments that use cheap, sustainable materials. She explains that new developments are needed because the world will be needing … Continue reading The flow battery is staking a claim in the renewable energy world of the future