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Will Fuel Cell Vehicles Ever Rule Our Roads?

Will Fuel Cell Vehicles Ever Rule Our Roads?

A recent Pike Research fuel cell vehicle study revealed that by 2020 total commercial sales of fuel cell vehicles will surpass $16.9 billion. As per the report, there will be a boom in demand for FCVs in passenger car industry in coming years. It will end up in the massive distribution of FCVs across the


Prosperity Energy Storage Project: Using Batteries to Solve Solar Intermittency Problems

As President Barack Obama takes heat over one failed solar investment, another funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has successfully launched the first utility-scale grid-tied solar energy storage system. The Prosperity Energy Storage Project in Albuquerque, N.M., can produce 500 kilowatts of power and uses high-tech batteries to create firm and dispatchable energy


A123 Secures Supply Agreement with ALTe $AONE

Following the company’s recent deal with General Motors (GM), A123 Systems (AONE) has now secured a further ‘long-term’ supply agreement with ALTe, a developer of Range Extended Electric Powertrains used to repower light commercial vehicles. AONE’s advanced Nanophosphate technology will be used to build 21.6 kWh battery packs, forming a critical part of ALTe’s powertrain.


Electric Vehicles With No Batteries?

You would be aware of a range of options available for running electrically powered vehicles, also commonly known as EVs. But, here’s an innovative concept taken up by Masahiro Hanazawa of Toyota Central R&D Labs, and by Takashi Ohira of Toyohashi University of Technology – A class-apart, environmentally friendly proposal to power EVs to run

Toyota Ponders Solid State Batteries $TM

Toyota recently unveiled a prototype of its all-solid-state battery,the latest entrant in a technology niche that could become the next bigthing. In solid state batteries, a liquid electrode is replaced with a crystalline membrane or other solid. Orlando, Florida-based Planar Energy claims that it has come up with a formula for a crystalline batterythat can


Ikea Greentech Makes 2.8M Investment in Alelion Batteries

Swedish furniture maker Ikea announced that its venture capital armhas invested US$2.8 million in Alelion Batteries marking the firm’sfirst investment. Established to invest in innovative clean-tech companies, Ikea Greentech has US$70.1 million at its disposal.  This first investment makes Ikea thesecond largest investor in Alelion Batteries — a manufacturer of energy storage devices. Beyond the


International Battery: Developing Batteries for Clean Energy Storage

A number of U.S. companies are leading the charge in developingbetter batteries for use in conjunction with clean energy systems. One such is International Battery (IB), an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based company that in 2008 opened thefirst large format rechargeable lithium-ion cell and batterymanufacturing facility in the United States. The battery maker recentlyrevealed a new, 24-volt, 4.1 kilowatt-hour


How Batteries from A123 Systems Benefit Solar $AONE

A123 Systems located the continent’s largest lithium ion batteryplant, which it just opened on Tuesday, in Livonia, Mich. to make itsproducts more accessible to United States auto manufacturers. Butelectric cars aren’t the only things the batteries are designed topower. “Our batteries are very well suited for use on the grid,” said AndyChu, vice president of

Sanyo Teams Up With UCSD on Solar and Batteries

To remain among the top three suppliers ofsolar-panel solutions tied to ‘smart energy’ systems, Sanyo is bettingon delivering better R&D, and working with the Ivory Tower. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Sanyo NorthAmerica jointly announced an agreement to collaborate on theUniversity’s energy-storage project. The two entities revealed detailsof a multi-year, multi-disciplinary agreement

Solar Stickers for Rechargeable Batteries

Disposablebatteries did transform technology and let to the advent of a range ofportable electronic devices that were powered by them. However, sincemost of these batteries end up in the landfill after they’redischarged, rechargeables are considered a better option for theenvironment. Industrial designer Jon West of Indakind Designsis making sure that rechargeable batteries have an even


Rooftop Solar With Batteries Included

General Electric’s "net-zero energy" home of the future – which is planned for 2015, but exists only on paper right now – relies on a rooftop solar array to give the home enough energy to spin back the electricity meter (see GE Unveils Net Zero Energy Home Strategy). But that blueprint also includes a battery.