August 1, 2014
"Wetting" a Battery’s Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage
By Frances White, Originally published by PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts of renewable […]

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April 15, 2014
PNNL – Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries
April 15, 2014 by Francis White RICHLAND, Wash. – Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial. Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework, to the battery’s cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to […]

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January 9, 2014
Battery development may extend range of electric cars
By Frances White, Originally published by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory It’s known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery […]

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January 2, 2014
Batteries as they are meant to be seen
By Mary Beckman, PNNL Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking realistic conditions inside actual batteries. While life sciences researchers regularly use transmission electron microscopy to study wet environments, this time scientists have applied it successfully to rechargeable battery research. The results, reported in December 11’s […]

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November 26, 2013
Tell me what you want, what you really, really want – better batteries
Brief Abstract: Battery performance is limiting what consumers and mobile technology developers really want to do with their smart devices. In this presentation we’ll look not only at why, but also what might be the future of batteries for mobile applications. – From Dr. Norton, WSU Mobile phones and tablets have become ever more powerful, […]

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November 25, 2013
Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order
Originally published on Clean Technica. Energy storage fans are rejoicing all across the country on the heels of a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which opens the floodgates to connecting more solar arrays and wind farms to the power grid. FERC adopted the new ruling, Order 792, in order to bring […]

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