Economical energy storage has long been the Holy Grail of electricity. Since 1800, when Alessandro Volta invented the electric pile (a forerunner of the modern battery), hobbyists, scientists, and engineers have experimented with chemicals and materials to create economical storage at a smaller scale than a hydroelectric dam and with a more portable technology than, … More Two EV entries in the “how cool is this?” file
Many of the prospects for a cleaner and prosperous future — autonomous vehicles, economical renewable energy, more efficient electronics — are made more likely and/or more affordable with improvements in energy storage. Tesla’s advances in the technology, form factor, and scale of production of lithium ion batteries are well known (and in fact I think … More How cool is this liquid battery?
It’s been too long since I’ve done a “how cool is that?” expression of awe and wonder at a piece of ingenious creativity. You may recall that early automobiles were battery-powered — the origins of the electric car are deep and over a century old. One battery technology, courtesy of (you guessed it) Thomas Edison, … More How cool is that nickel-iron battery?
Michael Giberson Sandia National Lab has just published a study of energy storage applications for the electric grid: “Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide.” John Petersen at Alt Energy Stocks said: I’ve been following the work in progress on this report since last summer and have eagerly awaited the … More Energy storage for electric power systems
Michael Giberson From time to time you see reports of electric utility executives or analysts worried about a forthcoming avalanche of electric vehicles (EVs) that will, just maybe, overwhelm utility distribution systems. What happens if everyone comes home from work and plugs in at the same time? What happens if drivers want to recharge on-peak … More EVs need to avoid charging during peak hours? Nonsense!
Michael Giberson John Petersen has written a four-part series of articles on “Battery Investing for Beginners” at AltEnergyStocks (and mirrored at SeekingAlpha). Link to an index for the “Battery Investing for Beginners” series. More battery related posts at AltEnergyStocks. About John Petersen. All John Petersen posts at SeekingAlpha. Don’t miss Petersen’s “How PHEVs and EVs … More “Battery Investing for Beginners”
Michael Giberson Japanese taxis represent a mere two percent of all passenger vehicles on the road in Japan, yet they emit approximately 20 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles due to their average distance traveled in a given day. From a news release by Better Place. The company statement highlights the projects ability … More Better Place has deal to provide taxis in Toyko
Michael Giberson My essay of advice to free-market windpower critics, originally published at Master Resource, has been re-published at AltEnergyStocks. (But the really interesting new stuff at AltEnergyStocks is the immediately prior post on how lead-carbon battery developments will challenge lithium-ion designs for uses in which lithium-ion’s low weight is not a critical factor. So … More Same old advice gets new package
Lynne Kiesling Very interesting story in today’s Wall Street Journal about BYD, a Chinese firm manufacturing electric vehicles. One of the most interesting points in this article: despite the global economic downturn, BYD is increasing its operations, first in China and then planned for US and Europe, because entry barriers are lower in the electric … More Low entry barriers in electric car market