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    1. Nanoscale View of Energy Storage

      Nanoscale View of Energy Storage

      In a lab 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction. The lab members conducted arduous experiments - sometimes requiring a continuous 30 hours of work -- to capture real-time, dynamic visualizations of atoms that could someday help our phone batteries last longer and our electric vehicles go farther on a single charge.

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      Mentions: Stanford
    2. Sandia Labs, Singapore Join Forces to Develop Energy Storage

      Sandia Labs, Singapore Join Forces to Develop Energy Storage

      Sandia National Laboratories has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the government of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority(EMA) that will tap into the labs’ expertise in energy storage. EMA is the statutory body in Singapore responsible for ensuring a reliable and secure energy supply, promoting competition in the energy market and developing a dynamic energy sector. Last year, EMA invited Sandia to organize a workshop on the latest developments in storage technologies. The two-day event in the Southeast Asian island city-state led to a CRADA under which Sandia will help set up Singapore’s first grid energy storage test-bed.

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    3. NREL Report Finds Similar Value in Two Concentrating Solar Technologies

      NREL Report Finds Similar Value in Two Concentrating Solar Technologies

      Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found. The report found that the value of delivered energy of dry-cooled tower and parabolic trough CSP plants, integrated with thermal energy storage, are quite similar. CSP with thermal energy storage is a unique source of renewable energy in that the solar thermal energy can be dispatched in a similar manner as conventional thermal generation to respond to changes in supply or demand.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    4. Battery research at NSLS aims to solve energy storage challenges (alkaline batteries for grid storage)

      Battery research at NSLS aims to solve energy storage challenges (alkaline batteries for grid storage)

      To determine how best to meet those large-scale energy needs, researchers from the City University of New York (CUNY) Energy Institute at City College are probing small-scale, off-the-shelf D-cell batteries—like those you might use in a flashlight. These alkaline batteries are inexpensive and energy dense, properties that could potentially be scaled up to provide safer and cheaper grid-scale power.

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    5. Web tool helps determine best energy storage options

      Web tool helps determine best energy storage options

      Partnering with DNV KEMA, Sandia is releasing Energy Storage Select, or ES-Select, software under a public license to the company. The tool makes it easier to conduct a quick, high-level analysis of energy storage options and determine the value of energy storage technologies for a specified application.  Developers say the software will increase the adoption of energy storage technologies.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. DNV KEMA
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