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Aquion Energy says its sodium-ion battery technology can solve these problems. The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup says its technology can deliver round-trip energy efficiency of 85 percent, a ten-year, 5,000-plus-cycle lifespan, energy storage capacity optimized to charge and discharge for multi-hour applications, and perhaps most notably, a price point of $250 per kilowatt-hour -- much lower than the $500-and-up per kilowatt-hour of today’s competing technologies.

Aquion Energy Closes $55M VC Round for Grid-Scale Battery Plans : Greentech Media

Amprius, a startup working on a new type of long-lasting lithium-ion batteries for laptops and electric vehicles, has started to sell its batteries for use in portable electronics. The company recently raised $30 million in venture capital to develop its next-generation batteries, which use high-energy silicon electrodes. The company says the batteries will store about 50 percent more energy than the battery cells in today’s electric vehicles.

High Energy Silicon Batteries Edge Closer to Market | MIT Technology Review

Last week, GTM Research released a new report on distributed energy storage in the commercial sector. It explores distributed energy storage as a driver of a new paradigm for electricity supply, delving into the market potential, deployment barriers, incentives and regulations, and wholesale market opportunities.

4 Factors Driving the Commercial Energy Storage Market : Greentech Media

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A utility solicitation that opens the door to 40 megawatts of battery-based energy storage in the California desert

Another 40MW of Grid-Scale Energy Storage in the California Pipeline : Greentech Media

New York Looking to Catch Up With California’s Lead in Energy Storage. The Empire State has several initiatives underway that just might get it there.

New York Looking to Catch Up With California’s Lead in Energy Storage : Greentech Media

Startup Thinks Its Battery Will Solve Renewable Energy’s Big Flaw

Startup Begins Making a Battery for Renewable Energy | MIT Technology Review

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Tweet Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, recently explained that lithium-ion batteries have a fifteen year history of exponential price reduction. Between 1991 and 2005, the capacity that could be bought with $100 went up by a factor of 11. The trend continues through to the present day.

Will there be a Battery Singularity by 2025 ?

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we did some digging and found out where things are now for some of the most intriguing battery related projects that we've reported on in the last few years.

The battery research that could change your phone, and the world | News | TechRadar

The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.

Building a Better Battery - NYTimes.com

Wanxiang backs post-bankruptcy push into new megawatt-scale international contracts and new energy-centric systems.

A123’s Path Back to Grid-Scale Battery Business : Greentech Media

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Sumitomo Corp. (8053) said it installed a power storage system using recycled electric-vehicle batteries near a solar power station in the western prefecture of Osaka. The 600-kilowatt system is the world’s first large-scale power storage system from used EV batteries, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today. The device uses 16 used batteries.

Sumitomo Sets Up Solar Power Storage System With Used Batteries - Bloomberg

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Sumitomo Corp. (8053) said it installed a power storage system using recycled electric-vehicle batteries near a solar power station in the western prefecture of Osaka. The 600-kilowatt system is the world’s first large-scale power storage system from used EV batteries, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today. The device uses 16 used batteries.

Sumitomo Sets Up Solar Power Storage System With Used Batteries - Bloomberg

Interesting article as it highlights the fact that many if not most automotive grade Li ion batteries will have significant useful service lives following death of the chassis.  That resale market should become substantial in years to come.  It was one of the reasons I was so interested in Ener1 and its advanced batteries.

Unfortunately there were a couple of bad business decisions made by HEV and ...in my mind at least...a suspect Chapter 7 filing.  One of the original major holders (a Russian billionare) was able to subsequently buy the company's substantial intellectual and manufacturing assets from the bankruptcy court for pennies on the dollar.  A very sad investment outcome for us little guys.

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'admin' pid='37156' datel Wrote:

Sumitomo Corp. (8053) said it installed a power storage system using recycled electric-vehicle batteries near a solar power station in the western prefecture of Osaka. The 600-kilowatt system is the world’s first large-scale power storage system from used EV batteries, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today. The device uses 16 used batteries.

Sumitomo Sets Up Solar Power Storage System With Used Batteries - Bloomberg

Interesting article as it highlights the fact that many if not most automotive grade Li ion batteries will have significant useful service lives following death of the chassis.  That resale market should become substantial in years to come.  It was one of the reasons I was so interested in Ener1 and its advanced batteries.

Unfortunately there were a couple of bad business decisions made by HEV and ...in my mind at least...a suspect Chapter 7 filing.  One of the original major holders (a Russian billionare) was able to subsequently buy the company's substantial intellectual and manufacturing assets from the bankruptcy court for pennies on the dollar.  A very sad investment outcome for us little guys.

Yea, that's tough, and generally that innovative space is risky, although if you got hold of the right tail, you can ride a tiger to riches. But in the meantime, there is so much that can go wrong. I genuinly believe one should only reserve a small part of one's portfolio to that space, and have multiple stocks, which then become like options.

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Commercializing the MIT-Sadoway innovation with funding from Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla

Slideshow: Update on Ambri’s Liquid Metal Grid-Scale Battery : Greentech Media

A new kind of battery stores energy in what researchers are calling “rechargeable fuel”—electrodes in liquid form. The result can be either recharged like a conventional battery or replaced by pumping in new fuel like gasoline. The materials could theoretically allow an electric car to travel 500 miles on a charge, five times farther than most electric vehicles can now, say the researchers developing the technology

Liquid Battery Electrodes Will Mean Long-Range, Fast-Charging Electric Cars | MIT Technology Review

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A new kind of battery invented by Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science at Carnegie Mellon University and founder of the startup Aquion Energy, could make renewable electricity more practical and economical around the world. Aquion is about to start full-scale production of the batteries at a new factory in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

How to Make a Cheap Battery for Storing Solar Power | MIT Technology Review

A small startup based in Emeryville, California, will build a pilot-scale energy storage system that could provide a cheaper, more practical way of storing large amounts of electricity and help enable the power grid accommodate large amounts of renewable energy.

Molten Salts May Be An Alternative to Batteries for Electricity Storage | MIT Technology Review

Is the solar-storage combination a deadly one for traditional power companies?

Report: Solar Paired With Storage Is a ‘Real, Near and Present’ Threat to Utilities : Greentech Media

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#10
This has been true for Tesla’s battery costs as well, which have declined from of $500/KWh in 2008 to $250/KWh for the Model S to potentially $125/KWh at the gigafactory.

Goldman On Solar And Elon Musk - Business Insider

A new nanotechnology that doubles the life of smartphone, laptop and electric-vehicle batteries even after being charged and discharged more than 1,000 times has been developed by researchers at the University of Limerick. The breakthrough means the research team could be tapping into a market estimated to be worth US$53.7bn by 2020.

Irish researchers’ breakthrough doubles battery life of phones, laptops and e-cars - Irish Innovation News – Siliconrepublic.com

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