1. Articles in category: Liquid Metal

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    1. Liquid Metal Alloy Electrode Boosts Potential of Sodium-Beta Batteries

      Liquid Metal Alloy Electrode Boosts Potential of Sodium-Beta Batteries

      A new battery electrode designed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) combines liquid-state cesium and sodium to dramatically improve on the efficiency, safety and useful life of sodium-beta batteries (NBBs). If the technology is scaled up successfully, the advance could help build a smart electric grid that makes better use of renewables, such as solar and wind.

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      Mentions: Japan Europe PNNL
    2. Iron-Chromium Flow Battery Aims to Replace Gas Plants

      Iron-Chromium Flow Battery Aims to Replace Gas Plants

      The four round structures pictured above may look like grain silos but they're actually giant flow batteries. They're part of a demonstration plant going online this week, and proponents say it could represent the future of long-duration energy storage on the electric grid. Startup EnerVault will unveil tomorrow what it says is the largest iron-chromium flow battery ever made. Installed in Turlock, Calif., the four-hour, 250-kilowatt battery will be charged by a solar array and power an irrigation system. The project was funded by about US $5 million from Department of Energy through the stimulus program and the California Energy Commission.

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    3. Ambri Funding Influx Suggests a New Day for Grid Batteries

      Ambri Funding Influx Suggests a New Day for Grid Batteries

      Progress being made by battery startup Ambri suggests that the market for long-duration grid energy storage is finally taking shape. Storing wind and solar power using today’s battery technologies is too expensive, but new technologies could make it affordable, enabling wider use of renewables. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company this week said it has raised a $35 million series-C round to fund the production of prototype batteries from an existing factory and finance construction of a commercial-scale plant. The company intends to test prototypes in the field this year and produce full-size batteries for paying customers by 2016.

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    4. Ambri Wins $35 Million in VC Funding For Liquid Metal Battery Grid Storage

      Ambri Wins $35 Million in VC Funding For Liquid Metal Battery Grid Storage

      Grid-scale battery technology startup Ambri just raised $35 million from new investors KLP Enterprises, the family office of Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, and Building Insurance Bern, the Swiss Insurance company, along with existing investors Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and French energy giant Total in this C Round. Ambri has also had support from the Deshpande Center, the Chesonis Family Foundation as well as grants from the Office of Naval Research. 

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      Mentions: DoE France Hawaii
    5. Funding to Develop Energy Storage Technologies

      Funding to Develop Energy Storage Technologies

      Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York, has announced that $1.4 million has been awarded to six companies working on new technologies in battery and energy storage, which will help develop working prototypes that demonstrate the ability of these advanced energy storage systems. Funding will help leverage a total private investment of $2 million. The funding will help to transition new energy storage technologies with proven technical feasibility to a working prototype. A working prototype is an essential step along the product commercialization path and increases a company's opportunity to attract additional investment.

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      Mentions: Ambri New York
    6. LightSail Adds Two Execs as It Looks to Ramp Up Sales

      LightSail Adds Two Execs as It Looks to Ramp Up Sales

      LightSail Energy has appointed two industry veterans to its executive ranks, as the energy storage startup looks to ramp up sales of its technology. It represents a new phase and test for the five-year-old company, which has attracted media interest and heavyweight backers but has yet to really test the market appetite for its new twist on the old idea of compressed air. 

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      Mentions: GE SustainX Ambri
    7. Ambri Plans to Install Battery at Hawaii First Wind Project

      Ambri Plans to Install Battery at Hawaii First Wind Project

      A Massachusetts startup backed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates plans to install its battery technology at one of First Wind’s wind energy projects on Oahu’s North Shore. Boston-based First Wind said it is supporting Ambri’s efforts to work with them on a modest demonstration project in Hawaii. “To date we haven’t determined where or which project, and we still have to formalize an agreement with them,” said John Lamontagne, spokesman for Boston-based First Wind.

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    8. MIT's Liquid Metal Stores Solar Power Until After Sundown

      MIT's Liquid Metal Stores Solar Power Until After Sundown

      A 40-foot trailer loaded with 25 tons of liquid metals may be the solution to the renewable-energy industry’s biggest challenge: making sure power is available whenever it’s needed. A Boston-area startup founded by MIT researchers is working to turn this new concept into a commercial product, liquid-metal batteries that will store electricity for less than $500 a kilowatt-hour. That’s less than a third the cost of some current battery technologies.

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      Mentions: DoE Hawaii U.S.
    9. Innovating Dirt-Cheap: What Sadoway Can Teach Us about the Future of Clean Energy

      Innovating Dirt-Cheap: What Sadoway Can Teach Us about the Future of Clean Energy

      When it comes to alternate power sources and batteries, Donald R. Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is the man to turn to. Voted one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, Sadoway is not only known for his packed classes, despite being one of the largest in the history of the institute, but for the pieces of wisdom he imparts when simply speaking about batteries.

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      Mentions: MIT Massachusetts
    10. MIT’s Ambri Opens Factory

      MIT’s Ambri Opens Factory

      Ambri, a startup company which stemmed from MIT, has opened its liquid metal battery factory alongside the Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. At the moment, the company has a prototype with an energy storage capacity of 35 kWh and a peak wattage of 8.75 kW. It will only manufacture prototypes and demonstration units for the moment.

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    11. Ambri Liquid Metal Battery: Prototype Deployment Set for 2014

      Ambri Liquid Metal Battery: Prototype Deployment Set for 2014

      November is a milestone month for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinoff company Ambri, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on November 7 marked its new production facility. Ambri is targeting its liquid metal battery technology for use in the electricity grid. The company believes they have an electricity storage solution that will change the way electric grids are operated worldwide.

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      Mentions: Japan DoE Hawaii
    12. Hawaii's Energy Excelerator pours $15M into Innovative Cleantech Startups

      Hawaii's Energy Excelerator pours $15M into Innovative Cleantech Startups

      Hawaii is on a mission to achieve a 70 percent clean energy goal in 2030, making it the ideal testing-ground for green tech startups.  A new startup program, called Energy Exceletor, recently raised $30 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to help the state achieve that goal. 

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      Mentions: DoE Hawaii U.S.
    13. Cleantech Group Unveils The 2013 Global Cleantech 100 List

      Cleantech Group Unveils The 2013 Global Cleantech 100 List

      Cleantech Group, provider of the i3 market intelligence platform and global consulting services, recently released the fifth annual Global Cleantech 100 list and report. The list recognizes the one hundred most promising and innovative companies most likely to make a significant market impact over the next five to ten years across 15 industry categories, including Energy Efficiency, Biofuels & Biochemicals, Conventional Fuels, Smart Grid, Transportation, and Water & Wastewater.

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      Mentions: Asia GM U.S.
    14. NY Times snapshot of energy storage technologies and funding

      NY Times snapshot of energy storage technologies and funding

      As renewable energy becomes increasingly commonplace, interest in energy storage technologies is growing around the world. Researchers in Germany, Japan, the United States and elsewhere are finding governments increasingly willing to support their ideas, although many projects are in the early stages.

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    15. Ambri's Better Grid Battery (good overview of the company)

      Ambri's Better Grid Battery (good overview of the company)

      When (Ambri's liquid metal) cell is heated to around 500°C, the disks and powder inside—the battery’s electrodes and electrolyte, respectively—will melt ... Conventional rechargeable batteries have solid electrodes that degrade with use, but a (liquid metal) battery ... could last for years without losing much of its energy storage capacity. The molten materials can also operate at much higher current densities than solids, and for longer periods of time.

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      Mentions: DoE France U.S.
    16. Industrial Scale Batteries (basic overview of chemistries)

      Industrial Scale Batteries (basic overview of chemistries)

      “Storing That Power” is a seven-part series detailing technologies capable of reserving power obtained from renewable sources. Read each week to learn more about pumped hydroelectric , industrial-scale batteries, flow batteries, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, gravel batteries and molten salt.

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    17. Forbes guest editorial: Storage, not generation, is the challenge to renewable energy

      Forbes guest editorial: Storage, not generation, is the challenge to renewable energy

      By Gregg Maryniak: Chairman of the Energy and Environmental Systems Track of Singularity University and the Secretary of the X PRIZE Foundation

      If we really want to transform the energy sector in a meaningful way, it will require attention to the other relatively ignored storage domain: grid scale power storage.

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      Mentions: California MIT Ambri
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