First all-electric autonomous container ship

First all-electric autonomous container ship

The ship will ensure a major reduction in NOx and CO2 emissions as the company shifts its product transportation from what previously required 40,000 truck journeys a year to this new, all-electric shipping pathway.

Norwegian company Yara has teamed up with maritime technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first all-electric and autonomous container ship, which is set to hit the high seas late in 2018.

The hi-tech container ship, named Yara Birkeland, will carry chemicals and fertilizer from Yara’s Prosgrunn production plant to the nearby towns of Brevik and Larvik.

It will first operate as a manned vessel in 2018

before transitioning to remote operation in 2019

and fully autonomous control by 2020! Read More

Supersola plug&play PV for St Maarten

Supersola for sint maarten

Supersola plug and play solar panels crowdfunding action for the Island of St. Maarten

Supersola launched a crowdfunding action for power supply on Sint Maarten via plug-and-play solar panels.

Sint Maarten is heavily damaged because of the hurricane Irma earlier this month.

The Solar Panel company intents to ship 50 Supersola plug-and-play solar panels for the citizens of the island of St. Maarten. Read More

Hydrogen can be stored as a powder

Hydrogen as a powderIf the heavy industry can use hydrogen as an energy source, it’s a giant step in the fight against the warming from the earth. 

The Dutch inventor Gerard Luchtigheid is about to produce efficient hydrogen which can be stored as powder.

When he succeeds, this technology will be an important game changer for the International energy transition.

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WaterBattery For On-The-Go Energy Storage

WaterBattery For On-The-Go Energy Storage

The new water battery can only cycle in the range of 50-100

US Army researchers developed New ‘WaterBattery’ for ‘On-The-Go’ Energy Storage. 

The announcement was made on Science Direct. The researchers:

In summary, we successfully resolved the “cathodic challenge” of aqueous electrolytes by designing a unique inhomogeneous electrolyte additive approach to minimize competitive water reduction on graphite or Li-metal surfaces during the interphase formation.

Upon reductive decomposition during the first charging process, the highly fluorinated additive forms a protective interphase that enables the reversible cycling of both graphite and Li-metal anodes in aqueous electrolytes.

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Fast Charging Stations for EV in Germany

Fastned Fast Charging Station

Fastned Fast Charging Station

Germany is planning 25 fast charging stations for Electrical Vehicles.The electric vehicle fast-charging station firm Fastned has been granted a total of €4.1 million by the German government. 

The subsidy is part of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure stimulation program. Read More

IKEA sells home batteries

IKEA sells home batteries

Ikea partner Solarcentury has an online calculator that gives savings estimate based on your postcode

IKEA has been started selling home batteries through its home warehouses in the UK. For this purpose, the company associates with Solarcentury, UK’s biggest solar supplier.

The home batteries are offered in combination with solar panels. Customers who have already purchased solar panels through IKEA can expand their system with a home battery. Read More

IceBattery integrates with building cooling system

IceBattery

IceBattery storage is a commercially-proven and reliable technology. Each ice battery is designed to last 20 years and requires minimal maintenance.

Over heard about the IceBattery?

California-based Ice Energy inked an agreement, in June, making the Melbourne-based Apricus the exclusive distributor of all its thermal energy storage products in Australia, covering all market segments, including utilities, commercial and industrial, and residential.

IceBattery energy storage technology could dramatically change the way people cool their homes in summer – potentially cutting household peak power consumption by up to 95% – is poised to take on the Australian market, through a distribution deal with local solar hot water company Apricus.

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Storage Prices Dropping

McKinsey research energy storage

Storage can benefit utilities by helping them to address the challenges of planning and operating the grid in markets where loads are expected to be flat or falling.

Storage prices are dropping much faster than anyone expected, according to McKinsey.

Energy battery prices are falling rapidly, allowing new combinations of solar, wind, and energy storage to “outcompete” the costs of coal and natural gas plants.

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LeydenJar battery breakthrough with pure silicon anodes

LeydenJar battery technology

Only 3 or 4 companies worldwide are develop batteries with pure silicon. With a simple and direct application, LeydenJar is the first in the world.

LeydenJar developed a new pure silicon-based anode to boost lifetime and capacity of lithium-ion batteries. The result: the yield is a 50% higher energy density.

LeydenJar is a spin out venture from Energy Research Center ECN, developing pure silicon anodes that can generate up to 50% more energy density in Li-ion battery cells.  Read More

Harvard new nontoxic Battery

Harvard new nontoxic Battery Team

By modifying the structures of molecules used in the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, and making them water soluble, the Harvard team was able to engineer a battery that loses only one percent of its capacity per 1000 cycles.

Harvard scientists have developed a new flow battery which stores energy in liquid, works 10 years without energy loss and is much safer than lithium-ion batteries.

After a few years of heavy use, most lithium-ion batteries suddenly loose a lot of storage capacity. You surely recognize this from your smartphone, but that’s also a problem for energy storage which should last a very long time to store solar energy. Scientists at Harvard University have found a possible solution.

The new technology promises a battery definitely lasting ten years without losing much capacity. The solution is applied to a so-called flow-battery. The flow battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

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Piko Home Battery System

Piko Home Battery System

The complete sys­tem con­sists a bat­tery in­verter (PIKO BA) the bat­tery (PIKO Bat­tery) and accessoires (PIKO BA Sen­sor and PIKO BA Backup Unit).

The Piko Home Battery System is not new. But its approved, smart and it makes you autonomous from the grid.

People who are choosing for solar PV, often want to be independent from the grid.

This is possible with this German, so thoroughness, battery system allows you to increase your self-consumption and reduce your energy costs. 

The complete sys­tem con­sists a bat­tery in­verter (PIKO BA) the bat­tery (PIKO Bat­tery) and accessoires (PIKO BA Sen­sor and PIKO BA Backup Unit). Read More

Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Festivals encourage the donation of urine. It could be also used for batteries according to Standford University

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an inexpensive battery for renewable energy. This is done by making use of urea, a substance which is to be found in fertilizers and urine. Isn’t this great news? 

Standford University in a press release:

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.

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GreenBattery replaces dirty generators

GreenBattery replaces diesel generator

Per battery system we decrease the consumption of 62,000 liters of diesel and 159,000 kg of CO2-emissions per year!

Is the GreenBattery of replacing the polluting and noisy (diesel) generators at festivals and construction sites?

Nuon and StartUp GreenBattery think the battery capacity should be sufficient.

They are going to let the Green Battery to festival organizations and local governments.

The batteries are half a large shipping container and will be charged with solar and wind power.

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Graphene promising as superconductor

Graphene promising as superconductor

It’s official: graphene has been made into a superconductor in its natural state – which means electrical current can flow through it with zero resistance. Foto Stanford University

Graphene is super light, flexible, very strong and a good conductor. But now the wonder carbon graphene, seems to reach the holy grail: superconductivity.

For the first time, Cambridge researchers have shown that graphene (only one atomic layer) is able to pass electric current without any resistance. Read More

California tests battery sites

California tests battery sites

One of many battery-system components that, it is hoped, will help California bolster its power grid.

Utilities have been studying batteries nationwide. But none have moved ahead with the gusto of those in Southern California.

After the giant gas leak in Oct. 2016, Californian engineers decided to turn to another technology, batteries. 

They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries – huge battery sites.

And, as a result: it’s the worlds first battery side test of this size.  Read More

Startup explores commercial opportunities SolarCar

SolarCar might be introduced on the market

SolarCar Stella completed and won a six-day, 3,000-kilometer race from Darwin to Adelaide across the Australian outback, with an average speed of 67 km/h and with three people on board.
The car also achieved a top speed of 120 km/h with a full load of four people, demonstrating the horsepower of this solar-powered vehicle.

Atlas Technologies – the startup of former students of the Technical University Eindhoven – explores whether the family car powered by solar energy, could be a commercial success.

During their study, the former students designed the solar family cars Stella and Stella Lux.

These solar-powered cars won in 2013 and 2015, the World Solar Challenge, a race for solar cars. Read More

Battolyser: the super battery

Battolyser: the super battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

The Battolyser, which will be used as a super battery in a gas power plant, is becoming a reality. 

For the first time, TU Delft researchers led by Prof. Fokko Mulder have produced an integrated battery electrolysis system – known as a ‘battolyser’ – that can not only store or supply electricity efficiently as a battery but can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis.
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Energy storage on the bottom of the sea

energy storage at sea

A worldwide survey had identified potential StEnSEA sites with a cumulative storage capacity of around 817 terawatt-hours.

Why not store energy In hollow tanks on the bottom of the sea? The German Fraunhofer Institute started a test with spherical storage tanks.

In November 2016, the first tank has been placed at the bottom of the Bodensee, near the German border with Switzerland.

Ultimately, the aim is to place the tanks in the area of offshore wind farms. But for now, the institute choose the lake because it is more practical for the tests. Read More

Power Storage: the options

Power Storage: the options

In Stephentown, New York, Beacon Power has build a 20MW / 5MWh plant consisting 200 carbon fiber FlyWheels.
These FlyWheels make between 3000 and 5000 cycles per year through their input in the frequency regulation market.

Power Storage: The world does have a lot of options but its still expensive.

In order to manage supply and demand our renewables, we need to store the electricity when the wind is blowing hard and the sun shines brighter than there is demand.

For instance, Berkeley wind energy experts suggest a likely average cost reduction of between 24% to 30% by 2030 and 35% to 41% by 2050 across the three wind applications studied — onshore wind, fixed-bottom offshore wind, and floating offshore wind.

There is a further 10% chance that cost reductions could be more than 40% by 2030 and more than 50% by 2050. BetterWorldSolutions offers you a number of actual, technically available options. Read More

The Gravity Battery Concept

solar power will increase by 80% the next 3 years

Green power: Global investments reached USD 300 billion. A relatively large proportion of these billions has been done by emerging countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Honduras, Jordan and Uruguay.

A gravity battery could be created by using an energy source to slowly lift a large weight (using gearing or pulleys), then discharged by lowering the weight to run a generator when needed.

The gravity battery consists a tube, weight, cable and coil. When the weight is up, the battery is considered charged. Read More

Battery 2nd Life project

Battery 2nd Life project

Vattenfall: Our stated goal is to integrate this battery storage facility into the energy system and to give a large number of similar small local facilities access to the market through electricity trading

2nd Life project with used BMW batteries for balancing the grid. Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch test electricity storage with repurposed EV batteries in Hamburg.

  • 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg
  • The stored energy is available within seconds and can help to keep the electricity grid stable

Cordelia Thielitz, General Manager Bosch Energy Storage Solutions: Electricity storage systems are a key success factor for the new energy landscape.

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Can we repurpose EV batteries?

 Can we repurpose EV batteries?

V-Storage started a pilot using old batteries from busses as an energy storage system. The ‘old’ batteries are placed in a large container. They intent to use the stored energy to electrify busses and to increase the Grid Balance. The pilot will start in January 2017.

In four or five years, the batteries in the roughly one and a quarter million EVs currently on the road are going to start to wane. EV owners will either replace them, or replace the cars entirely.

That means we’ll have a lot of used batteries (with plenty of life left in them) but which are no longer suitable for EVs. What to do?

One possibility is repurposing them to serve as grid-connected energy storage.

Storage is valuable to the grid for many reasons, including its ability to smooth out fluctuations in supply, allowing for more integration of variable renewable energy. Read More

xStorage home energy storage

xStorage home energy storage

Eaton and Nissan said that, unlike Powerwall, xStorage will include professional installation and all requisite extras, such as cables.

Nissan and Eaton make home energy storage reliable and affordable to everyone with ‘xStorage’. Providing a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over.

The partners are collaborating to unveil a new residential energy storage unit. They intent to design the most affordable and reliable home power storage system for households. Read More

5 trends battery technology

5 trends battery technologyThese home battery trends can make our energy future green.

We need battery technology to transform fully into a solar economy.

The good news is that battery technology and energy storage are also hitting an inflection point.

Here are 5 trends shaping the future of battery technology and energy storage.

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ZeroCell – intelligent energy storage

ZeroCell - intelligent energy storage

The ZEROCELL stores and manages energy generated from either on-site-harvested energy or from off-site renewable energy transmitted by the electric grid.

HOUZE reveals the ZeroCell: an intelligent device for energy storage.

The device stores and manages energy generated from either on-site-harvested energy or from off-site renewable energy transmitted by the electric grid.

The ZeroCell will be introduced in Euronics International stores starting in December 2016.

The company announced its ZeroCell (TM) smart energy storage appliance in Berlin during IFA 2016, the leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. Read More