r&d

Hitachi’s CrystEna Energy Storage System

Who knows how economical it might be, but the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products. The company said a system called CrystEna (that’s “crystal” and “energy” shortened and squished together; maybe […] Read more


Advanced Crystalline Silicon Solar: Will it Hit $1/Watt?

Advanced crystalline silicon technologies are the most likely to achieve the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative goal of reducing the cost of solar to $1 per installed watt, according to a recent report from Lux Research. While silicon solar cells are unlikely to meet that milestone by the 2020 goal, emerging advanced silicon technologies […] Read more


How Hawaii Achieves 100% Clean Energy

In 2011, 12 percent of Hawaii’s electricity came from renewables. The state’s renewable portfolio standard mandates that 15 percent of electricity comes from clean energy by 2015. From the looks of it, Hawaii is on track to complete their requirement ahead of time. It’s amazing to see how quickly the state has incorporated renewables into […] Read more


Driving R&D to a Full Charge

The Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT) announced today that it has awarded Applied Materials a $5 million research grant for the development of advanced cells for electric drive vehicle batteries over the next three years. The accepted proposal for ‘Modular Process Equipment for Low Cost Manufacturing of High Capacity Prismatic Li-Ion Cell’ […] Read more