Daimler builds mega battery plant

Daimler is building a mega battery plant

Daimler guarantees an EV-life cycle of 10 years with at least 80% efficiency. After than, the batteries are recycled for large-scale power storage units.

Daimler is building the largest and most modern battery plant in the world. Place to be: Kamenz, Germany.

By laying the foundation for one of the biggest and most modern battery factories, Daimler AG is setting new standards in the international automotive industry, thereby taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive. Read More

Hydrogen vs batteries

Japan, new energy, hydrogen, climate change

Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

Many people argue that Hydrogen is not an energy source but an energy carrier. Hydrogen is certainly an energy source by itself but is to be derived from other primary sources such as water or natural gas because is not available in a free form.

Generation of Hydrogen from its sources require an additional energy but when such an energy is provided by renewable sources such as sun, wind and sea then the cost becomes secondary in the long run.

  • Therefore, battery may not be able to compete with hydrogen in the long run though it provides a temporary solution to pressing power problems in short term.
  • Moreover, batteries rely on materials like Lithium whose availability is limited even though they are recyclable.

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Solar Mobile Generator

solar mobile generator

One hour setup time

This Mobile Generator for Solar Distributors Designed has been designed as a solar mobile generator system for places without power.

The system includes solar panels, a MPPT solar charge controller, an inverter, mobile air conditioned structure, and a system monitoring unit that can be accessed through your mobile phone. Read More

Blockchain for Grid Balance

Blockchain for Grid Balance

In the future, private households will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies.

TenneT and Sonnen are pioneering the networking of storage batteries with blockchain technology in order to stabilize the power grid.

Private households and owners of electric cars charged at these households, will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies. Read More

EMBATT Car Battery stretches range to 1,000 km

EMBATT Car Battery stretches range to 1,000 km

EMBATT is a new type of battery with less components and a much simpler design that would free up space that could be used to provide extra electricity storage capacity.

The EMBATT car battery, developed by the German Fraunhofer Institute and partners, could give cars a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) in the medium term without taking up more space or weight.

So far EMBATT has been confined to the laboratory, but the partners are working on scaling up the technology for installation in test vehicles by 2020. Read More

From old coal mine to giant battery

From old coal mine to giant battery

The mine is suitable to transform 200 megawatt energy from wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass sources installed on the surface above the mine.

Germany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant ‘battery station’.

The hydroelectric energy which will be stored, is enough to power 400,000 homes.

Because Germany has a lot of old coal mines, the country hopes to launch similar facilities across the country in the coming years. Read More

Micro Wind Turbine KITS

micro wind turbine

500W Micro Wind Generator

Want to build a Micro Wind Turbine yourself?

Look at this kits, start building and you will be able to generate enough energy to get off-grid.

A micro wind turbine is simply a small wind turbine that generates small amounts of electricity (usually under one kilowatt and sometimes as low as 50 watts) from wind energy.

Micro wind turbines contrast with the larger wind turbines that are used on wind farms to generate power on a commercial scale.

Micro wind turbines are often used on boats or other vehicles to power small appliances such as lights or a refrigeration unit.

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3 breakthroughs reduce our CO2 emissions

breakthroughs carbon footprint

Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy.

It can not be missed: we have to combat our CO2 emissions to stop climate change.

Breakthroughs

We have some news: Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy. A pre-publication – including an update of the companies he mentions. Read More

SolarWatt modular battery system

SolarWatt modular battery system

An uncomplicated dismantling of the entire battery also allows SOLARWATT to recycle more than 80% of the product at the end of its life.

SolarWatt, settled in Berlin Germany, has been presented an modular battery storage system with two basic components, each the size of a shoebox.

The modular system is suitable for any number of different applications. From home storage up to industrial use. 

The SolarWatt storage system seems to be the first modular system that flexibility adapts to customer requirements.

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Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.

Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.

The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.

They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.

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Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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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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Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. 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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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

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

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. 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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Orison plug and play home battery system

Orison plug and play home battery system

Orison’s plug in home battery could help homeowners ditch the grid by connecting to an alternative energy source like solar or wind and saving money because of low rate energy prices

The new Orison plug and play home battery system, stores electricity when electricity rates are low, so the electricity can be used later to avoid paying the higher rates.

Best of all: this new system requires no installation like other home battery setups; you just plug it in and away you go. Read More

Blue Ion Continuum – powerful home battery

Blue Ion Continuum - powerfull home battery

The 8 kWh Blue Ion Continuum battery is a potential game changer: it stores more energy than the 6.4 kilowatt-hour Powerwall and it’s made of better materials

The new Blue Ion Continuum battery stores more solar energy than the Tesla’s Powerwall, and it is reportedly made of sturdier stuff.

This home battery was launched by one of the co-founders of The Tetris Company, Henk Rogers. 

After reading about the destruction of coral, Rogers started Blue Planet Energy to help end dependency on fossil fuels.  Read More