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    1. New Clemson Facility to Advance Nanotechnology

      New Clemson Facility to Advance Nanotechnology

      Clemson University completed construction of a world-class nanomaterials facility specifically designed to support research projects that are funded by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Department of Energy.  The new Clemson Nanomaterials Center (CNC) allows leading scientists and engineers to better conduct interdisciplinary nanotechnology research, including the development of high-energy storage and generation devices, superconducting wires and composites and gaining new insights into the nano-bio interface.

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    2. Basque research centre to focus on used EV batteries for renewables storage

      Basque research centre to focus on used EV batteries for renewables storage

      The Basque research centre IK4-IKERLAN is leading ‘Batteries 2020’, the first European project that is seeking to improve the batteries of electric vehicles and, once they can no longer be used for this purpose, to take advantage of their storing capacity by giving them a second lease of life as accumulators for renewable energies.

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      Mentions: Japan U.S. Europe
    3. PolyPlus principle & UC Berkeley professor: Plentiful research opportunities for next-generation batteries

      PolyPlus principle & UC Berkeley professor: Plentiful research opportunities for next-generation batteries

      (Steve) Visco (UC Berkely) discussed the enormous progress his own start-up company, PolyPlus, has made in developing lithium-metal batteries with unprecedented energy density, and how the ever-growing need for electrical energy storage will require continued innovation and development in battery research.

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      Mentions: California DoE Sony
    4. MIT Report: Ocean Renewable Energy Storage (ORES) System: Analysis of an Undersea Energy Storage Concept

      MIT Report: Ocean Renewable Energy Storage (ORES) System: Analysis of an Undersea Energy Storage Concept

      The system would be grid-connected, so the spheres could also be used to store energy from other sources, including solar arrays on shore, or from base-load power plants, which operate most efficiently at steady levels. This could potentially reduce reliance on peak-power plants, which typically operate less efficiently.

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      Mentions: MIT IEEE
    5. Research: Grid-scale “electrochemical flow capacitor”

      Research: Grid-scale “electrochemical flow capacitor”

      Researchers from Drexel University have reported the development of a new technology for grid-scale energy storage which could provide a fast, efficient method for storing energy on the electrical grid. This new technology, dubbed the “electrochemical flow capacitor,” stores energy in the same way as a supercapacitor, but is much less costly to scale up for large, industrial applications.

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      Mentions: Pennsylvania
    6. Research: Chicken eggshell membranes for supercapacitor electrodes

      Research: Chicken eggshell membranes for supercapacitor electrodes

      "The most exciting finding, for me, is that the amazing nature-made architecture of chicken eggshell membrane is critical to its performance as electrode materials after carbonization," notes Zhi Li, a post doc researcher. "The carbonized eggshell membrane is a real 'integrated system' composed of interwoven carbon fibers with diameter from 50 nm to 2 µm where the big fibers and tiny fibers are naturally connected together."

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      Mentions: Canada
    7. Nanocomposite electrodes for grid storage supercapacitors

      Nanocomposite electrodes for grid storage supercapacitors
      Univ of Delaware (J. Q. Xiao) has developed a new process for the production of electrodes made of nickel oxide/nickel nanocomposites for electrochemical supercapacitors. They have surprisingly high capacity, high power density, and high current density during the charge/discharge cycles. Their process is simple and cost-effective, and could be scaled up for industry.
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      Mentions: Delaware
    8. MIT Research: New Li battery design for grid and vehicles

      MIT Research: New Li battery design for grid and vehicles
      A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed at MIT, could provide an alternative vehicle and grid batteries. "Refueling" these batteries could be similar to pumping gas into a car. The new battery relies on an innovative architecture called a semi-solid flow cell in which the electrodes are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte. [The researcher] cautions that making a practical, commercial version of such a battery will require finding better electrode and electrolyte materials.
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      Mentions: DoE MIT A123
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