July 26, 2016

SPARKS, Nev.— Tesla Motors Inc. is scrambling to finish building its massive $5 billion battery factory here years ahead of schedule to meet demand for its coming cheaper sedan and provide power for new types of vehicles Chief Executive Elon Musk says are under develop...

July 22, 2016

Moving water uphill lets producers of solar and wind power bank energy for use when it is needed most.

Forget about Tesla Motors Inc.’s batteries: The hottest way to store energy in the electricity business today is a century-old technology that involves moving water to...

July 21, 2016

Facebook is building a drone that can beam internet from the sky.  And it just passed a huge milestone:  its first functional test flight, staying aloft for 90 minutes above Yuma, Arizona (3x times longer than planned).  Aquila is a solar powered drone with a massive w...

July 18, 2016

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July 15, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- Joe Walicki is betting $780 million that Tesla's high-tech, electric-vehicle battery gigafactory in Nevada does not represent the future of the auto battery business.

That's how much Johnson Controls Inc. is spending to expand its global production of absor...

July 15, 2016

The Hyperloop is the concept for a new high-speed transportation system. While the idea of people traveling in tubes has been around for more than a century, entrepreneur Elon Musk drafted actual blueprints for the Hyperloop in 2013. He then challenged the engineering...

July 13, 2016

One Maritime Plaza, an office tower in San Francisco’s Financial District, will have a 500 kilowatt/1,000 kilowatt-hour Advanced Microgrid Solutions energy storage system installed. Tesla Powerpack batteries will be used in the system. The building has 25 floors of off...

July 13, 2016

Johnson Controls ( JCI ) recently announced plans to form a joint venture with Binzhou Bohai Piston Co. , an auto parts affiliate of Beijing Automotive Industry Group Co. (BAIC Group), to build its fourth automotive battery plant in China. This plant will manufacture b...

July 11, 2016

•   ARES - a solution for grid-scale energy storage? 
•   Ability to build at different scales and in wide locations
•   Rail storage has 'an appealing low-tech simplicity'

Track, rail car, concrete slabs. Not the first three things you might consider as essentials...

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