Tag Results for lithium battery (9)

  1. Storing Solar Energy: A great idea caught on contested ground

    Combining solar power systems with energy storage promises cost-savings and value enhancements achievable for both technologies, but in key states utilities' protection of their bottom lines is getting in the way

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  2. Nanotech's Outsized Energy Impact

    I think Richard Smalley would have appreciated recent developments in lithium batteries. The Rice University chemist shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of soccer ball-shaped carbon cages called buckyballs - the primary charge-generating component in the organic solar cells we covered extensively this spring. Smalley believed that nanotechnology could multiply the efficiency of the myriad energy devices upon which modern human society relies and, as such, had a central role to play in cleaning up our energy systems. I relied …

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  3. Peak Lithium: EVs' Dirty Little Secret?

    Electric vehicles web-journal EV World has done the English-speaking world a favor by translating an excellent Peak Lithium story written last week by Le Monde journalist Hervé Kempf. What is Peak Lithium you ask? The notion that a wholesale shift to EVs powered by lithium batteries in response to peaking petroleum production could just as quickly exhaust the global supply of lithium metal. Kempf credits a May 2008 study by consultancy Meridian International Research -- The Trouble with Lithium 2 -- as the source of growing concern …

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