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Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-Ion Battery’s Voltage

Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-Ion Battery’s Voltage Lithium-ion batteries work like a rocking chair, moving lithium ions back and forth between two electrodes that temporarily store charge. Ideally, those ions are the only things moving in and out of the billions of nanoparticles that make up each electrode. But researchers have known … Continue reading Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-Ion Battery’s Voltage

Tesla is closing its first Supercharger station over security concerns

Tesla is closing its first Supercharger station over security concerns Tesla is closing its Supercharger station at its design studio in Los Angeles, its very first Supercharger, reportedly over security concerns. Almost a decade ago, Tesla opened the first Supercharger station, and it happened to be at its own design studio near the Hawthorne airport … Continue reading Tesla is closing its first Supercharger station over security concerns

FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process

FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is eyeing potential reforms to transmission and interconnection rules for energy projects, a move which could help ease the connection process for solar and storage developments. FERC issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) which seeks comment on … Continue reading FERC eyes transmission reform to ease US connection process

#California ISO has 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its queue, smashing last year’s figures

California ISO has 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its queue, smashing last year’s figures The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has almost 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its interconnection queue, according to a 7 July presentation. The operator has 97.6GW of renewables in its queue, with solar PV accounting … Continue reading #California ISO has 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its queue, smashing last year’s figures

Nuclear-Power ed #Bitcoin_Mining Is Coming to the States

Nuclear-Powered Bitcoin Mining Is Coming to the States A mid last month’s heated debate over Bitcoin’s environmental impact, two companies are confident they have the answer on how to mitigate some of the negative effects: nuclear energy. Nuclear-powered Bitcoin mining is part of a new wave of innovation of companies developing smaller reactors that they … Continue reading Nuclear-Power ed #Bitcoin_Mining Is Coming to the States

Battery-less storage solutions for large-scale solar and storage

Battery-less storage solutions for large-scale solar and storage Shakespeare spoke of, “Vaulting ambition which o’er leaps itself and falls upon the other.” He could have meant lithium-ion batteries. They are everywhere, setting fire to power stations, cars and hoverboards, and that was just January 2021. Analysts IDTechEx wrote an article, “Lithium-ion Batteries: 2021 Starts with … Continue reading Battery-less storage solutions for large-scale solar and storage

Drought Threatens to Close California Hydropower Plant for First Time

Drought Threatens to Close California Hydropower Plant for First Time A California power plant likely will shut down for the first time ever because of low water during a prolonged drought, squeezing the state’s very tight electricity supplies, state officials said yesterday. The Edward Hyatt power plant, an underground facility next to Oroville Dam in … Continue reading Drought Threatens to Close California Hydropower Plant for First Time

Reshaping renewable storage

Reshaping renewable storage As the energy sector moves increasingly towards green transition, new challenges are emerging. One of the main disadvantages of renewable energy sources – their dependence on potentially inconsistent weather – is thus drawing attention to energy storage systems, which can store and provide power according to demand. Growing in popularity along with … Continue reading Reshaping renewable storage

Natural gas plant, battery storage: What’s next for NorthWestern Energy?

Natural gas plant, battery storage: What’s next for NorthWestern Energy? NorthWestern Energy submitted an application to the Montana Public Service Commission last week to build a new 175-megawatt natural gas plant and move forward with Montana’s first utility-scale battery project. NorthWestern’s application asks for commission approval to recover $54 million for the natural gas plant … Continue reading Natural gas plant, battery storage: What’s next for NorthWestern Energy?