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A123 Systems LLC introduces A123 Energy Solutions

A123 Systems, LLC announced today that its businesses focused on advanced batteries for electric grid, backup power and lead-acid replacements for commercial applications will be branded A123 Energy Solutions, combining the activities of several previous groups of A123 Systems.

Posted: May 6th, 2013

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The Finnish hydrogen roadmap: Hydrogen to join electricity in ending traffic pollution

The Finnish hydrogen roadmap assesses the export opportunities that can be available to Finnish businesses through international development. The report envisages the kind of energy-, climate- and industrial-political opportunities offered to Finland through widespread adoption of hydrogen energy, and presents realistic recommendations for gaining access to them.

Posted: May 6th, 2013

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Charging electric vehicles cheaper and faster

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a unique integrated motor drive and battery charger for electric vehicles. Compared to today's electric vehicle chargers, they have managed to shorten the charging time from eight to two hours, and to reduce the cost by around $2,000.

Posted: Apr 30th, 2013

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In first, electric vehicle-to-grid technology sells power back to power grid

Joined by government and industry leaders, the University of Delaware and NRG Energy are celebrating an important milestone for its eV2g projec: becoming an official resource of PJM Interconnection and proving for the first time that electric vehicle-to-grid technology can sell electricity from electric vehicles to the power grid.

Posted: Apr 29th, 2013

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Ceramic foam cleans up exhaust gases

Empa researchers from the Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory are working on a catalytic substrate made of ceramic foam which, in future, will replace the conventional monolithic structure.

Posted: Apr 25th, 2013

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Speeding the search for better methane capture

Berend Smit, an international authority on molecular simulations who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and UC Berkeley, led a computational study that found several promising candidates for methane capture in zeolites, porous minerals widely used as alkane-cracking catalysts in oil refinement.

Posted: Apr 24th, 2013

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Researchers quantify the significant value that concentrating solar power plants can add to an electric grid

The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). NREL used a commercial production cost model called PLEXOS to help plan system expansion, to evaluate aspects of system reliability, and to estimate fuel cost, emissions, and other operational factors within the CAISO system.

Posted: Apr 24th, 2013

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