Care for a little salt with your rechargeable battery? Researchers in France have announced their first prototype for a compact sodium-ion battery.
Though scores of sodium-ion batteries have been in the works for decades, this model is the first to put a salty solution into a sleek, rechargeable format—but don’t go throwing your old lithium-ion batteries out the window just yet. Chemist Jean-Marie Tarascon, who helped developed the batt….
You may have seen the hype about battery backup offered by Tesla. There seems to be a lot of confusion in what they do and what they are used for. The first confusion is the announced price. While Tesla announced they are $3500.00, this is just for the battery itself. If you want a tesla p….
Adding energy storage to sites with rooftop solar power generation offers a range of potential benefits. A battery can help smooth out solar’s inherently variable supply of power to the local grid, and even keep buildings powered during blackouts. Consequently, power-conversion innovators are developing a host of new products designed to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of integrated solar-storage systems. Some analysts project a boom in the co-location of solar and energy storage. GTM Research,…..
While Tesla’s Gigafactory is bringing down the *financial* cost of batteries, the *energy* cost of building them is still the same. And that cost is huge. So huge that once counted in the energy accounting of a wind and solar system, it really starts to eat into the EROEI. Sure wind and solar have good energy profits on their own. But read the papers! Where are the energy costs for storage for a system that is only on a third of the time?