Denmark Generated Enough Wind Energy To Power All Its Electricity Needs On Wednesday

The country of Denmark generated enough wind energy on Wednesday to power the entire country’s electricity needs, according to new figures from Europe’s wind energy trade body, WindEurope. According to WindEurope, Denmark generated a total of 70 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from onshore wind and another 27 GWh from offshore wind — enough to power the equivalent of 10 million average EU households. read the full piece on

Tesla reveals more information about its United Arab Emirates and Middle East expansions

Tesla is officially launching in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today. We already knew about a store and service center in Dubai, as well as the first deployment of charging infrastructure, but CEO Elon Musk has now revealed more details about the company’s plans for the region. For example, we already knew that Tesla installed a Supercharger station, its first in the Middle East, between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the company actually already deployed another station near Abu Dhabi and brought them both online today. As you can see on the picture above, several Destination chargers (grey) are also now listed in UAE. There are 26 individual Destination charger locations and the company plans t

Lead-acid battery developer Ecoult to expand into India

Sydney-based battery developer Ecoult is eyeing the huge Indian market after winning Australian government funding to help it cut the cost of its new-generation lead-acid storage device and take the technology global. While lithium-ion batteries are grabbing the limelight in the public debate around energy storage, lead-acid remains the dominant technology globally, by a factor of about seven, pointed out Ecoult chief executive John Wood. That provides an existing supply chain and maintenance expertise that Ecoult is taking advantage of with its UltraBattery and smaller scale UltraFlex batteries. Ecoult's technology, originally developed by the CSIRO, involves using proprietary software and

Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production. The research, published in ACS Energy Letters, was led by Michael Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies and Roy Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science. Flow batteries store energy in liquid solutions in external tanks — the bigger t

India’s Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Capacity Tops 50 Gigawatts

India’s renewable energy sector recently achieved yet another major milestone, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy announced. As of the 31st of December 2016, India had achieved an operational grid-connected renewable energy capacity of more than 50 gigawatts. More than half of this capacity is based on wind energy, while solar power remains a distant second. Other technologies like small hydro, bioenergy, and waste-to-energy have a much smaller share. India’s wind energy capacity stands at 28.7 gigawatts and wind remains the largest and most trusted renewable energy technology in the nation. The country’s solar power capacity stands at just over 9 gigawatts and is expected to grow at a m

Report advocates recycling rather than reuse of electric vehicle batteries

A research firm specializing in emerging technologies has advocated that partially depleted electric vehicle batteries be recycled rather than reused for the maximum benefit. Lux Research, in a report entitled "Reuse or Recycle: The Billion-Dollar Battery Question," estimates that up to 65 gigawatt hours of second life electric vehicle batteries will become available in 2035 after the first generation of plug-in vehicles is retired. The company suggests that the reduced performance of the batteries will result in limited applications for reuse. "With present technology, recycling old batteries for new materials is the more economical option for creating the most value from existing materials

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