Batteries

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Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business. Jon Seb Barber/Wikimedia Commons

The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

The advent of battery storage heralds an even deeper embrace of electric cars and renewable energy. But amid the green tech revolution, we should be wary of creating new pollution problems.
Fancy a home battery with your battery-powered car? Tesla Motors

Has Tesla cracked the grid energy storage problem?

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.
If Tesla Energy has its way, these big batteries will soon help power businesses and utility companies across the country. Reuters

Is climate policy compatible with Tesla’s battery-fueled dreams?

Many of the targeted behavioral responses to climate change involve reducing energy consumption. This makes sense as the majority of energy consumed (pretty much throughout all history) has involved burning…
Batteries have come a long way since their beginning back in 250BC. Flickr/Patty

Charged up: the history and development of batteries

Billionaire Elon Musk, the man behind the Tesla electric car, is expected to announce a new generation of battery technology this week. But how did batteries develop in the first place?
Well, maybe it’s not quite this electrifying, but the prototype is pretty cool. Florian F. (Flowtography)/Flickr

Flat battery? New prototype turns waste heat into electricity

Picture a device that can produce electricity using nothing but the ambient heat around it. Thanks to research published…
Battery costs can make up a quarter of the cost of an electric car such as this Tesla Model S. Shal Farley/Flickr

Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think

At the heart of the current debate around energy is the question of storage. In cars, how to build batteries that run for hundreds of kilometres; in electricity, storing energy from solar panels for when…

Waste battery heat converted to electricity

New technology allows researchers to capture low temperature (below 100C) waste energy from batteries. Researchers at Stanford…

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