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    1. There's a New Renaissance Emerging for Energy Innovation

      There's a New Renaissance Emerging for Energy Innovation

      A renaissance of creativity around developing innovations for energy has emerged in the wake of Silicon Valley’s cleantech bust in the U.S. It’s taken several years to materialize. Bolstered by a series of energy success stories, this newfound creativity has been propped up by increasingly low costs of clean energy technologies and energy storage, and has floated on a change in the political winds.

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    2. This is An Energy Storage Startup You Need to Know About

      This is An Energy Storage Startup You Need to Know About

      Inside a sunlit, cramped office near San Francisco’s financial district, entrepreneur and former political operative Susan Kennedy has been leading a team that is at the forefront of the emerging market for energy storage. The company, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, was in stealth mode until it became one of a handful of companies that recently won contracts — and a whopping 50 MW order — to build and manage large installations of batteries in buildings for utility Southern California Edison.

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      Mentions: BYD
    3. Report: VW Invests in QuantumScape

      Report: VW Invests in QuantumScape

      Volkswagen has invested in stealth battery startup QuantumScape, according to a Bloomberg report, which said VW plans to invest in battery technology as a way to boost the range of electric cars and compete with companies like Tesla Motors. Volkswagen is investigating using QuantumScape’s battery for its cars and VW America bought a 5 percent share, according to the report.

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    4. Introducing M37: A Brand New Type of Research and Development Program for Energy Entrepreneurs

      Introducing M37: A Brand New Type of Research and Development Program for Energy Entrepreneurs

      Breakthroughs in energy technologies are just plain tough — they can take a long time and a lot of money, and usually require hard core specialty science knowledge. These are some of the reasons why venture capitalists have fled investing in “cleantech,” as they couldn’t make the same type of easy, quick money that can come from investing in internet companies.

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      Mentions: DoE
    5. Behind the Scenes of Aquion Energy's Battery Factory & the Future of Solar Storage

      Behind the Scenes of Aquion Energy's Battery Factory & the Future of Solar Storage

      Drive about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, out to the edge of Westmoreland County, and you’ll reach a sprawling, cavernous factory whose history shadows the ebb and flow of technology trends and American manufacturing. In the late 1960s, Chrysler, fresh off the American muscle car wave, started building the plant, but as the seventies approached and the price of oil rose, it suspended construction without making a single car. Fast forward a decade and German car company Volkswagen stepped in — rolling the boxy Rabbit off the line — but that era was hit with a lethal combo of worker unrest, awkward car designs and dropping oil prices that took the sheen off Volkswagen’s small-car edge.

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      Mentions: Aquion
    6. From Solar Panels to Batteries, Algorithms are Becoming Key to Designing New Materials

      From Solar Panels to Batteries, Algorithms are Becoming Key to Designing New Materials

      In the future, materials that could make a super efficient solar panel or a breakthrough battery probably won’t be discovered by a smart human scientist. Like everything else in this world, computers and software are increasingly identifying the best combination of materials to deliver a desired result, and then human researchers are testing out those computers’ choices in the lab.

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      Mentions: CO
    7. An Almond Farm and a “Big Ass Battery” Show the Future of Energy in California

      An Almond Farm and a “Big Ass Battery” Show the Future of Energy in California

      Drive about a hundred miles east of San Francisco, and you’ll hit the heart of the Central Valley, Stanislaus County, where agriculture is king, trucks have four-wheel drive, and the temperature commonly creeps up into the nineties in the summer. The county’s larger towns were founded in the late 1800′s as stops on the railroad. The biggest city, Modesto, was forever immortalized in the movie American Graffiti as the backdrop for cruising teenagers, diners and late 1950′s Americana.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    8. A Japanese Startup Unveils a Long-Lasting and Safer Battery Made from Carbon

      A Japanese Startup Unveils a Long-Lasting and Safer Battery Made from Carbon

      A battery that lasts longer, is safer, charges faster and is less expensive than a standard lithium ion battery: That’s the powerful idea behind a new type of battery under development by a young Japanese startup called Power Japan Plus, or PJP, which came out of stealth on Tuesday. The year-old company uses carbon for both the anode and the cathode portion of the battery and hopes to start producing it later this year.

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      Mentions: Japan GM U.S.
    9. Calling All Energy Grid Startups for this Hawaiian Accelerator’s Next Program

      Calling All Energy Grid Startups for this Hawaiian Accelerator’s Next Program

      When it comes to clean power and energy grid innovation, Hawaii is becoming ground zero. That’s because the state imports billions of dollars worth of oil a year, delivering electricity prices to its residents that are three to four times the national average. Enter the Energy Excelerator, a startup accelerator that provides funding, connections with Hawaiian organizations, and advice to some of the most promising energy-focused startups out there. In an exclusive interview Energy Excelerator Director Dawn Lippert tells me that the group will open up applications for its 2015 program on June 1, and for this upcoming class they’re looking for companies focused on innovations around the edge of the power grid, from energy storage companies to smart grid developers to distributed clean energy innovators.

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      Mentions: DoE HI U.S.
    10. Startup Qnovo emerges with Algorithms & Silicon to Make Batteries Better

      Startup Qnovo emerges with Algorithms & Silicon to Make Batteries Better

      How many times have you dashed out of the house and realized your cell phone battery was about to die? Who hasn’t frantically searched for a cell phone USB charger at work or even a party? Yep, we’re all guilty. The humble lithium ion cell phone battery is pretty much the bane of existence for the modern mobile world, and it hasn’t gotten all that much better despite the best efforts of many companies and people.

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      Mentions: Panasonic Tesla
    11. 5 Things to Know About How Tesla’s Huge Battery Factory Will Affect the Power Grid

      5 Things to Know About How Tesla’s Huge Battery Factory Will Affect the Power Grid

      Since Tesla confirmed last month that it plans to build a massive battery factory in the U.S., there’s been exuberant speculation that the electric car maker will disrupt not just the auto industry, but also the global market for power grid energy storage (the key to solar and wind). But, as is usually the case, the real story is far more nuanced and complex.

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      Mentions: U.S. SolarCity Tesla
    12. How a Pomegranate Inspired a New Lithium Ion Battery Design

      How a Pomegranate Inspired a New Lithium Ion Battery Design

      The lithium ion battery could get a boost from the humble pomegranate. According to researchers at Stanford, including Amprius founder Yi Cui, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, clustering tiny silicon particles in a hard carbon rind — like seeds in a pomegranate — could be a helpful design breakthrough for using silicon in the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

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    13. 13 Biggest Moments in Cleantech in 2013

      13 Biggest Moments in Cleantech in 2013

      So we’re still sticking with the term “cleantech,” eh? Well, six years after launching the focus on this subject for Gigaom, I still don’t have a better description for the next-generation of energy technologies, which include both clean power, and energy efficiency, as well as the better management of resources like water and food. So, yep, again this year, we’re keeping it around, though I’m sure we can all agreed it’s flawed and now a dirty word for venture capitalists. Anyways, onward!

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      Mentions: Google Apple Ohio
    14. Eos Energy to Soon Crank Out Zinc-Air Batteries

      Eos Energy to Soon Crank Out Zinc-Air Batteries

      Power companies and utilities the world over are beginning to get new options for low cost batteries used for the power grid. This week New Jersey-based startup Eos Energy Storage announced that it will soon ramp up manufacturing of its inexpensive zinc-air batteries in conjunction with manufacturing company Incodema Group.  Eos Energy has been planning to start delivering its first batteries to market in 2014, and its first pilot project will be with utility Con Edison in New York. The batteries are meant to be used on for the power grid to help customers add in solar and wind energy and produce other services like frequency regulation.

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      Mentions: NJ Ambri NRG Energy
    15. A quest to prove there’s a business case for installing big batteries at buildings

      A quest to prove there’s a business case for installing big batteries at buildings

      As California plans to require its big utilities to pay for energy storage, banks are trying to figure out how they could get in on this new and potentially lucrative market. And one bank, Wells Fargo, has an interesting idea: install energy storage at one of its buildings, examine the data over time, and figure out if there is a business case for it.

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