There’s a good reason to connected to the electricity distribution network.
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If you're worried about rising electricity prices, then going off-grid sounds attractive. But why not create an intelligent network of solar-powerd batteries that can reduce prices for all?
We already have them in many sizes – but we're still looking for a battery to store truly large amounts of energy.
Renewables could benefit from more energy storage capacity in the electricity network.
Energy storage is often considered the holy grail of the electricity sector. Great for households, it could be as important in the wider electricity network.
Michelle Simmons was honoured for her leadership on research into quantum computing.
From researchers into the future of quantum computing to those working on low cost energy storage or explaining why onions make you cry, all were winners in the annual Eureka Prizes.
Graphene could have a radical influence on the future of energy storage.
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Something is needed to give the stalwart lithium-ion battery a boost for our increasingly power hungry mobile devices.
Each lump is an effective – if dirty – primary battery.
Fancy new battery technology is great – but still far off the scale required to put a serious dent in carbon usage.
Time for something new in the battery department.
Everyone wants a better battery for longer run-time on electronics and driving range for EVs. What's the most likely successor to today's lithium-ion batteries?
Batteries to store excess solar power will be a game-changer. But energy-efficient appliances will mean you can use a smaller battery.
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The unveiling of Tesla's Powerwall home battery has been hailed as a huge moment in renewable energy. But don't forget the other innovations that can help you use that stored power more efficiently.
Fancy a home battery with your battery-powered car?
As it's done with its electric cars, Tesla will need to rely on well-heeled early technology adopters and friendly regulations to sell lots of home batteries.
Coming to a grid near you.
Batteries combined with digital technologies will improve the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid, transforming how people use their energy.
Both electric cars and renewable energy stand to gain significantly from cheaper storage.
Battery prices are falling faster than anyone expected: that's good news for solar power and electric cars.
Even when the wind doesn’t blow, it is technically possible for Australia to get all its electricity needs from renewable sources.
In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks…
Carbon from dried human urine has been extracted for use in chemical fuel cells. These cells traditionally use platinum as…
Batteries should be included.
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There is a boom in renewable energy sources coming online worldwide, but the predominant types – solar and wind – are problematic due to their variable nature. For most regions of the world, the sun cannot…
Time to put some heat into the hydrogen industry.
Flames on a black background, Olga Nikonova
The inhabitants of a frequently cold and windy country like the UK need to heat their homes, even in what is loosely termed “summer”. This is achieved mostly by natural gas-fed boilers – but this dependence…
Researchers at the Australian National University have improved energy storage technology inside electronic devices. They…
Electric mountain - the reservoir at Ffestiniog power station, Wales.
The way we generate, transfer and use energy is changing, and our energy systems and infrastructure have come under increasing pressure to cope. Black-outs strike where we would expect reliable supplies…
A new, carbon-neutral thermocell could harvest waste heat from power stations and convert it into electricity. Researchers…
Researchers at ANU have developed a new material that is able to store large amounts of energy with minimal energy loss…
Without energy storage technology we’re leaving good energy blowing in the wind.
The handling of Britain’s energy strategy leaves much to be desired, subject as it is to short term politics over long term planning. We face a trilemma that stems from the opposing tension of climate…