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  • Windows 10 warns Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain, recommends switching to Edge

    07/19/2016 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 36 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 19, 2016 10:25 AM | Protalinski
    Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use Microsoft Edge. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. “Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, easy sharing, reading, and researching,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can...
  • Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

    07/19/2016 7:25:18 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-07-2016 | The Guru
    So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth. Price doubling from 2014/2015 was first seen in China and is now being felt worldwide, with lithium hydroxide prices from $16-20 and carbonate prices from $12-14 thousand USD per ton.
  • This battery breakthrough could change the world

    07/12/2016 6:07:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 88 replies
    GearBurn ^ | July 12, 2016 | By Wiehahn Diederichs
    Well it seems the battery gods have heard our call and bestowed upon us a miracle.Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) may have discovered a way to drastically increase the life of modern day batteries. And the best part is that they stumbled upon this solution by accident.To be more specific, the discovery was made by fifth-year PhD student, Mya Le Thai. Mya was working on an electrolyte gel that was to substitute the electrolyte liquid currently found in batteries in an attempt to make it more affordable. But in a coincidental twist of fate (thank you...
  • Aussie scientists salt electrodes in lithium battery breakthrough

    06/14/2016 4:35:49 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 14 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    An Australian research project has devised a way to use salt baths to boost battery life while improving performance and safety, offering the potential to create long-lasting energy storage for electric cars and electronic devices. Researchers from the CSIRO, RMIT and the Queensland University of Technology found that a simple salt bath improved the performance of lithium batteries considerably. Researchers Dr Adam Best, Dr Anand Bhatt and doctoral candidate Andrew Basile discovered that treating electrodes in a bath containing ionic liquids and lithium salts reduced the breakdown of the battery electrolyte during operation. Basile told iTnews the treatment provided several...
  • New concept turns battery technology upside-down

    05/29/2016 11:16:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    A new concept for a flow battery functions like an old hourglass or egg timer, with particles (in this case carried as a slurry) flowing through a narrow opening from one tank to another. The flow can then be reversed by turning the device over. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers ================================================================================================================== A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system's low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation, says a team of MIT researchers who have made a...
  • Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer

    05/23/2016 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    phys.org ^ | 23 MAY 2016 | Provided by: University of Texas at Dallas
    A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has discovered new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries that jumpstart efforts at expanding battery capacity. The research was published in Nature Energy. "There's huge promise in lithium-air batteries. However, despite the aggressive research being done by groups all over the world, those promises are not being delivered in real life," Cho said....
  • UCI researcher discovers important Li-Ion battery breakthrough

    04/28/2016 9:20:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 28 April 2016 | Jon Worrel
    MnO2-coated batteries can now last 400 years, 200,000 cycles Doctoral research student Maya Le Thai was working in her laboratory with nanobatteries one day when she decided to try a new approach. She coated an entire gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide MnO2 shell and covered the assembly with a "plexiglass-like" electrolyte gel, but the resulting outcome was completely unexpected. As she "playfully" experimented with different materials, the resulting nanobattery produced effectively "unlimited" lifetime charge cycles lasting well over 400 years. Traditional nanowire-based batteries are thousands of times thinner than a human hair, highly conductive and feature a large...
  • Making electronics out of coal

    04/20/2016 2:07:43 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 16 replies
    Physics.org ^ | David Chandle
    Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. Instead of just setting it afire, thus ignoring the molecular complexity of this highly varied material, he says, we should be harnessing the real value of that diversity and complex chemistry. Coal could become the basis for solar panels, batteries, or electronic devices, he and his research team say. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-electronics-coal.html#jCp
  • This New Battery is a Game Changer

    04/08/2016 5:35:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Guest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq. Marina del Rey, California
    Lighter Cheaper More Powerful Battery Changes Renewable EconomicsGuest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq. Marina del Rey, CaliforniaIt is not often on SLB that I use the phrase “game-changer.”  Most things progress, if they progress at all, in small increments.  This time, though, is one of those that deserves the phrase game-changer.The innovation is the low-cost, light-weight but powerful battery developed by Nobel prize-winner Alan Heeger, PhD of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).  The company is Biosolar .  see link to http://www.biosolar.comThe battery is suitable for mobile and stationary applications such as cars, trucks, grid stabilization, home...
  • Sony recalls Vaio batteries over fire fears

    03/04/2016 6:17:00 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 4 2016 10:23AM (AUS) | "Staff Writer"
    Consumer technology company Sony is recalling battery packs for certain models of its Vaio laptop over concerns faults with the kit could cause the device to catch fire. It's the third major recall of battery packs from a laptop manufacturer in just a month. In February, both Toshiba and Panasonic recalled battery packs sold with their laptops and notebooks over similar fire hazard concerns. The month prior, Apple was forced to recall wall power chargers due to their potential to cause electric shock, while Microsoft asked 285,000 Australian customers to send back power cords for its Surface Pro devices over...
  • Missing batteries among issues that caused Army's runaway blimp

    02/15/2016 8:38:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    LATIMES ^ | Feb. 14, 2016 | David Willman
    The blimp that broke loose from an Army facility in Maryland last fall, wreaking havoc with its milelong tether, flew uncontrolled for hours because someone neglected to put batteries in its automatic-deflation device, Pentagon investigators have found. The pilotless, radar-carrying blimp was part of the troubled JLENS missile-defense system, which has failed to perform as promised while costing taxpayers more than $2.7 billion since 1998. The runaway blimp episode was caused by a cascade of events spanning 13 hours, according to people familiar with the investigation, an overview provided to congressional staff members and a summary released by a military...
  • Toshiba issues big recall for laptop batteries over fire fears

    02/11/2016 7:28:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    iTnews-aus ^ | Feb 12 2016 9:35AM (AUS) | By Staff Writer
    54 models affected. Toshiba has issued a recall for Li-Ion battery packs sold with certain models of its laptops and notebooks due a risk of the device catching fire. The hardware company yesterday advised customers to immediately turn off their PC and remove their battery to check whether their device was affected. The vendor is offering free replacement battery packs for customers with affected units. Around 54 different PC models are affected, sold nationally from retail stores like Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi from June 2011 to September 2015. A full list can be found here. "There is a risk...
  • Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada

    10/07/2015 7:00:32 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 07-10-2015 | lit
    While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom. Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. Nevada is about to get a boost first from Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) upcoming battery gigafactory, and...
  • Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

    07/28/2015 6:46:18 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-07-2015 | Dave
    The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics. And while investors have long appreciated the steady rise in demand for this preferred mineral, the number of new applications continues to multiply. Smart phones,...
  • Hemp nanosheets could be better than graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor

    06/17/2015 2:21:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors, according to David Mitlin, Ph.D. Supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers...
  • Tesla Could Be Changing The Dynamics Of Global Energy

    04/28/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2015 | Prince In White Tesla
    Tesla’s announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. The big problem with solar and wind right now is that the energy is only useful when it is actually produced and, because a...
  • Stanford team develops super-fast charging aluminium battery. (7000+ cycles without capacity decay.)

    04/11/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 30 replies
    The Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | April 7, 2015 | Tim Wogan
    Aluminium ions are stored between layers of graphite when the battery is charged A new rival to the lithium-ion battery has been created that charges in under a minute and still performs almost perfectly after being recharged thousands of times. The new battery is based on aluminium instead of lithium, which should make it both cheaper and safer than their lithium-ion competitors. The U.S. team behind the aluminium-ion battery say that the technology could find its way into the home, help store renewable energy for the power grid and even power vehicles. The aluminium-ion battery is conceptually similar to the...
  • Tech Developed to Make Graphene Batteries 10x Smaller, Same Strength

    02/22/2015 3:23:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    BusinessKorea ^ | February 2, 2015 | Jung Suk-yee
    A Korean research team has successfully developed a technology to make a sponge-like electrode material using graphene and a polymer, leading to a graphene battery. The newly-developed battery is ten times as small as existing ones, but can show the same product performance. A research team headed by Park Ho-seok, professor of the School of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University, announced on Feb. 1 that it has succeeded in developing a very porous graphene aerogel electrode material by combining polyvinyl alcohol and graphene. Studies on developing high-capacity and rapidly-chargeable batteries are underway worldwide. It is necessary to compress devices in...
  • Rash Of Hybrid Car Battery Thefts Strikes Parts Of Queens NY

    02/10/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | February 9, 2015 6:19 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A highly-charged crime spree of sorts has erupted in Queens, and the ill-gotten goods being taken have been some of the most unusual in recent memory. As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, it amounts to the latest wrinkle in smash and grab car thefts. Police said thieves are stealing 50-pound hybrid car batteries of all things — right from under the trunks. “I never heard of it. It’s odd,” one resident said. The NYPD said 14 incidents have been reported citywide since November of last year. Twelve of them happened in the 108th Police Precinct, which includes...
  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage

    11/21/2014 2:07:57 PM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    libreprensa ^ | 11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST | Jeremy Thomas
    Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage By Jeremy Thomasjethomas@bayareanewsgroup.comPosted:   11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST2 Comments | Updated:   a day ago     BERKELEY -- Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S -- able to reach Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area on a single charge -- but at one-fifth the $70,000 price tag for the luxury sedan.    Or a battery not only able to provide many times more energy than today's technology but also at significantly cheaper prices, meaning longer-lasting and less expensive power for cellphones, laptops and...
  • Energy Storage of the Future: Researchers Find Promising Properties in Lightest Materials

    11/07/2014 10:01:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine ^ | October 20, 2014
    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently found that properties of graphene aerogel could be used to enhance energy storage for electric vehicles and other high-power energy storage applications. The research will appear as the cover article in the Nov. 14 issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world. Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid. The team found...
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • Giant Tesla battery factory producing 'affordable' electric cars at $35,000? [Nevada solar?]

    04/12/2014 3:07:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Drum ^ | February 27, 2014 | Noel Young
    "......The California car firm yesterday revealed plans for the factory that would employ up to 6,500 people , cover 1,000 acres, and cost $5 billion, said the Wall Street Journal, Solar and wind farms would at least in part supply the huge power needs of the plant in either Nevada, New Mexico, or Arizona. Reno is thought to be a favorite. Tesla needs its own production to hit its cost target for a more affordable car. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk's idea is a "Gigafactory" that takes in raw materials and produces finished lithium-ion batteries. He has said he intends...
  • Tesla's 'GigaFactory': Batteries not included?

    03/22/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 21, 2014 | Daniel Mcgroarty
    To convey some sense of the audacity of Tesla's Elon Musk and his plans, consider that the sale of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. reached a high of 100,000 in 2013 — but that's still less than 1 percent of all cars sold. Enter Tesla's GigaFactory, aiming by 2020 for annual production of 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs. Under one roof — a very large one, at 10 million square feet — Tesla will “manage everything from processing raw materials to the assembly of the batteries.” All of which begs the question: Where is all that lithium going to come from?...
  • NHTSA to Investigate Tesla Fires as Battery Facts Remain Elusive

    11/26/2013 3:20:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 25, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    After three recent fires, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said he asked the National Highway Tranportation Safety Administration to investigate its Model S. NHTSA said no he didn’t. Tesla has been saying it received the highest safety rating in the U.S., a “new combined record of 5.4 stars.” NHTSA says there’s no such thing. Musk said he expects the investigation will clear Tesla after incidents in which metal objects struck the underside where the Model S battery is located. NHTSA says we’ll see, and a decision whether there should be a recall will likely take months. Maybe a lie...
  • Tesla Fire is About Rushing, Subsidizing Immature Technology, Not Stock Price

    10/04/2013 8:35:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 4, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    A fire (screen capture from Jalopnik.com) that torched a Model S from the formerly Teflon Tesla Motors on Tuesday blackened its front end, lowered its stock price, and (further) revealed a corporate arrogance not seen since Fisker Karmas were alight. But CEO Elon Musk saw to it that taxpayers werefully paid back their $465 million Department of Energy loan, so as watchdogs over the public purse we can forget all about it and just go on about our business – right? Wrong. The incident near Seattle still should be of great concern because Tesla still heavily depends on tax breaks...
  • Hollande hails ‘revolutionary’ new lithium battery plant

    09/21/2013 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013
    French President François Hollande hailed “a new industrial revolution” in inaugurating Friday a new lithium battery plant built by the Bolloré group, which manufactures the Bluecar made popular by France’s electric-car sharing scheme. … Earlier in the day, as he attended an environmental conference in Paris, Hollande vowed to halve energy consumption in France by 2050 and cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030. The French president has also made electric cars “a priority.” …
  • Investigators: Disable 787 Emerg Locator Beacon (FAA balks)

    07/18/2013 12:04:58 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 9 replies
    Komo News ^ | 7/18/13 | UK AAIB
    (snip, from the actual AAIB report at link below) Safety Recommendation 2013-016 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration initiate action for making inert the Honeywell International RESCU406AFN fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter system in Boeing 787 aircraft until appropriate airworthiness actions can be completed. Safety Recommendation 2013-017 It is recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration, in association with other regulatory authorities, conduct a safety review of installations of Lithium-powered Emergency Locator Transmitter systems in other aircraft types and, where appropriate, initiate airworthiness action. (snip, from abcnews.go link above) The FAA didn't immediately say whether it will follow the recommendations....
  • Scientists use 3D printer to create microbatteries smaller than a single GRAIN of sand...

    06/21/2013 3:53:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/19/13 | Anna Sanders
    Batteries were constructed from interlaced stacks of tiny electrodes, which conduct electricity, smaller than the width of a human hair The microbatteries can be used in devices too small for older batteries Researchers at Harvard and University of Illinois created electrochemically active ink for their custom 3D printerThe revolutionary technology behind 3D-printed car parts, food and guns can also be used to print batteries smaller than a grain of sand. Scientists have used a 3D printer to make linthium-ion microbatteries that can fit into tiny devices that had previously stumped engineers looking to power them for longer periods. The batteries...
  • Stanford scientists create novel silicon electrodes that improve lithium-ion battery performance

    06/04/2013 1:40:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Stanford news ^ | 06-14-2013 | By Mark Shwartz
    Stanford scientists have developed inexpensive silicon-based electrodes that dramatically improve the charge storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. An illustration of a new battery electrode made from a composite of hydrogel and silicon nanoparticles (Si NP). Each Si NP is encapsulated in a conductive polymer surface coating and connected to a three-dimensional hydrogel framework. Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy substance similar to the material used in soft contact lenses and other household products. Writing in the June 4 edition of the journal...
  • Dreamliner Flies, But Doubts Persist About Boeing's Batteries

    05/29/2013 9:13:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Now that Boeing has placed most of its 787s back into service, including those inUnited Airlines’ fleet, executives with both corporations are putting a happy face on the expensive hardship that was caused by the four-month grounding of the planes due to fire hazard risks. United reinstated the so-called Dreamliners on May 20, when United CEO Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney hopped a flight from Houston to Chicago to show the troubles with the plane’s lithium ion batteries were behind them. "I’ll tell you, Jim,” said Smisek, as recounted by the Associated Press, “it was a fairly expensive...
  • Boeing: Cause of Dreamliner Fires 'Almost Doesn't Matter'

    04/29/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    "Attention ladies and gentlemen, the Boeing 787Dreamliner will depart shortly – any potential fires caused by our lithium ion batteries will now be contained within the aircraft. Please line up at the gate for imminent boarding!” Are you ready? In case you missed it the Federal Aviation Administration, by publishing an Airworthiness Directive in the Federal Register last week, opened the door for the troubled “green” aircraft to return to service in the coming months. The document lays out the specifications required for Boeing to get the extremely costly project moving again, if the changes are implemented and FAA inspectors...
  • Are Duracell batteries actually better batteries, or is it marketing?

    04/26/2013 7:59:41 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 61 replies
    4/26/2013 | rlmorel
    Are Duracell batteries actually better batteries, or is it marketing?
  • Microbatteries Could Recharge Phones Instantly

    04/18/2013 12:24:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Discovery ^ | 4/18/13 | Alyssa Danigelis
    Microbatteries Could Recharge Phones Instantly Apr 18, 2013 07:43 AM ET // by Alyssa Danigelis Wouldn’t it be awesome to plug in a dead smart phone and have it fully charged in under a second? The wait won’t be long now for that leap. A team of scientists just developed what they say are the world’s most powerful microbatteries capable of near-instant recharging.Supercharged! Battery Power for the FutureThe new batteries are made high-power lithium ion and are only a few millimeters in size. IInside, they contain a 3-D nanostructure made from a thin film that was recently developed by Paul...
  • Chevy Volt Battery Technology Questioned After Billions Wasted

    04/11/2013 10:11:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 11, 2013 | Mark Modica
    It appears that the Mainstream Media folks may finally be starting to expose one of the worst cases of taxpayer abuse that this country has ever seen. Kudos to Deepa Seetharaman who wrote a piece for Reuters which questions the feasibility of the government-subsidized, lithium-ion based battery technology behind electric vehicles (EVs) like the Chevy Volt. While Seetharaman acknowledges the limitations of lithium-ion batteries, what remains unchallenged is the continued waste of billions of taxpayer dollars to support the failing, pseudo-green technology. The evidence that the Obama Administration's EV subsidization has been a costly fiasco (particularly regarding the Chevy Volt...
  • No April Fools: Obama's Green Energy Stimulus is Officially a Joke

    04/01/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 1, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    President Obama ’s alternative energy “stimulus,” administered through hisDepartment of Energy by previous SecretarySteven Chu, had already become a joke because of the failures and foibles of so many recipients of Recovery Act funds. But now – as though officially commemorating the absurdity of this historically bad U.S. government program – one of its bankrupt beneficiaries has changed its name from one of simplicity to one of mockery. Electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems has changed its name to B456 Systems. Incorporated. Reporting the development, headline writers across the nation rubbed their eyes, double-checked the wire information, and then...
  • Researchers Use Bacteria to Create Bio-Batteries

    03/27/2013 2:07:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | March 27, 2013 12:49 PM | Tiffany Kaiser
      (Source: forbes.com) This could lead to more efficient microbial fuel cells Scientists have found that clean electricity can be derived from bacteria thanks to an electron transfer method similar to that found in cells.  The research was conducted by scientists from the University of East Anglia and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Tom Clarke from the University of East Anglia led the study.  The research team used a synthetic version of Shewanella oneidensis, which is a member of a marine bacteria family. Proteins on the surface of this kind of bacteria are capable of generating an electric current just by...
  • Why Batteries Are Too Valuable To Waste On Solar Power Integration And Electric Cars

    03/11/2013 7:38:01 AM PDT · by grumpa · 26 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | March 10, 2013 | John Peterson
    Over the last three decades, I've worked as counsel for several clients in the mining, oil & gas and battery industries. Because of that experience, I've always understood that battery manufacturing is extremely energy intensive. After all, the entire value chain from mining and purifying metals through component fabrication and final assembly requires massive fossil fuel and electric power inputs. Until last week, however, I didn't truly understand the magnitude of the energy inputs required to make a battery.
  • Boeing Battery Fires Highlight Folly of Obama's Electric Car Push

    01/30/2013 4:45:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Editorial
    Industrial policy: After lithium-ion batteries caught fire on Boeing's new Dreamliner, stories popped up about how dangerous they are. Turns out they're the same kind of batteries President Obama is forcing into U.S. cars. This month, a Boeing 787 battery caught fire while the plane was sitting at Logan Airport in Boston. Another 787 was forced to land while flying over Japan, forcing Boeing to ground its fleet of state-of-the-art 787s. In the wake of these events, the press suddenly took notice of the risks posed by lithium-ion batteries. USA Today complained that the FAA should have been more cautious...
  • Boeing Dreamliner fires spark new doubts about a green energy technology

    01/23/2013 8:14:54 AM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2012 | Richard Pollock
    When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama's favorite green energy technologies got another black eye. Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.
  • Taxpayers footing the bill for next generation of electric car batteries

    12/05/2012 9:09:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2012 | John Brandon
    Whether you like it or not, you are an investor in the electric vehicle (EV) battery of tomorrow. Late last week, the Department of Energy announced plans to spend $120 million to establish a major battery research center at the Argonne National Lab outside of Chicago. The stated goal: to create a new “Manhattan Project” that will develop an EV battery in the next five years that lasts five times as long and costs one-fifth as much as current EV batteries. And they say it’s all in the interest of national security. The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)...
  • Unprepared New Yorkers Battle Price Gouging

    11/06/2012 5:03:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 6, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Being prepared for disaster is a way of life for many American preppers, but there are also many people throughout the Nation completely unprepared for the unthinkable. Those who are unprepared become easy targets for victimization. Since Superstorm Sandy struck New York, there have been hundreds of reports of price gouging in the area as frantic city-dwellers rush about in search of basic supplies. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that he was in the process of investigating more than 400 possible cases of price gouging as prices on things like gasoline, food, bottled water, generators, batteries...
  • MIT researchers double battery life ( Aplicable to Smartphones )

    11/05/2012 1:11:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 05 November 2012 10:56 | Nick Farrell
    Sorting out the amp in a mobile phone Two MIT researchers claimed that they have doubled the life of a mobile phone battery by tweaking an efficiency problem related to the power amplifier. The professors Joel Dawson and David Perreault claim that power amplifiers are to blame for much of the draining of a mobile phone and the amp chips waste as much as 65 per cent of their energy. They have formed a startup called Eta Devices which will flog gear that they claim to have solved this problem. The technology is currently being tested in labs. They think...
  • Timeline: A123 Systems' Downward Spiral

    10/16/2012 11:37:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 16, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    As Bloomberg reported today , stimulus-funded electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems filed bankruptcy in federal court after failing to make a debt payment that was due. Milwaukee Business Times has reported that Johnson Controls will purchase the “automotive business assets” of A123 for $125 million, and that A123 will receive from Johnson $72.5 million in “debtor in possession” financing to continue operating during the sale process. Regular readers won’t be surprised, as the company’s gradual sink to its current depths – despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers – has been covered by NLPC since late...
  • Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

    10/08/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 08, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/08/lg-plant-that-got-150m-to-make-volt-batteries-in-michigan-puts-workers-on/#ixzz28l2MseL9
  • Government Stimulus Can't Overcome 100 Years of EV Battery Shortcomings

    09/20/2012 10:51:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 20, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    It’s the battery. Contrary to the excuses that Nissan has supplied about the loss of capacity for owners of the all-electric Leaf in the desert Southwest – especially super-hot Phoenix – a tightly-controlled test of a dozen of the vehicles showed that all of them experienced reduced range. Even a month-old Leaf could not recharge to 100 percent. GreenCarReports.com revealed the dismal development this week. That the power reduction came so rapidly and so quickly debunked the claims of Nissan executives Carla Bailo and Andy Palmer, who suggested the problems could lie either with owners who were charging their...
  • NASDAQ Delisting Threat Jeopardizes Chinese Rescue of A123 Systems

    08/23/2012 11:01:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 23, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Two weeks ago the mainstream and clean tech advocacy media proclaimed that taxpayer-subsidized, failing electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems would be saved by a deal with a Chinese company. Since then the Massachusetts-based manufacturer’s stock price sank below what had been its previous low of 44 cents. This morning it is down to 38 cents, and yesterday the company received a delisting notice from the NASDAQ. So what happened? There could be several reasons why the recipient of hundreds of millions of U.S. stimulus dollars hasn’t impressed Wall Street with its pending bailout from Wanxiang Group. The deal is...
  • A123's Positive Developments Are Like Clockwork

    06/13/2012 10:29:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 13, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Seems like every time stimulus recipient battery-maker A123 Systems suffers bad news or a stock price hit, its leaders miraculously produce great news via press release that temporarily bumps shares higher. The latest example came yesterday, when A123 announced a “technological breakthrough” called Nanophosphate EXT that officials claim would reduce or eliminate the need for cooling systems for overheating batteries, and lower the cost of electric vehicle batteries by $600 . This followed news that A123 plans to hire 400 employees (125 were laid off in November) in the coming months, thanks to new contracts it has won. Apparently...
  • A123 Systems 8K filing says substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern

    05/31/2012 5:56:31 AM PDT · by taildragger · 12 replies
    Green Car Congress ^ | 31 May 2012 | Green Car Congress
    In its most recent 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems said a number of circumstances have raised “substantial doubt on [its] ability to continue as a going concern.” On 26 March, A123 launched a field campaign estimated to cost US$51.6 million to replace battery modules and packs that may contain defective prismatic cells produced at A123’s Livonia, Michigan manufacturing facility. The defect could have resulted in premature failure of the battery module or pack, including a decrease in performance and reduced battery life. (Earlier post.)
  • Looks Like Subsidized A123 Execs Want to Cash In

    05/18/2012 11:39:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 18, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    As taxpayer-backed electric car battery-maker A123 Systems reported a $125 million 1st quarter loss this week and its stock price dipped to near its 52-week low, the executives that were just awarded big raises and parachutes look like they want to cash in and sell the company. Officials with the Massachusetts-based manufacturer, which received a $249.1 million grant from theDepartment of Energy but this week said the ability for the company to continue is a “going concern,” also announced they retained an outside adviser for “evaluation of strategic alternatives.” Translation: they’re looking to sell. If they are successful, A123...