energy storage


Lithium Batteries Finally Get their Due with Nobel Prize Win

, Senior energy analyst

Today’s award of  the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to the scientists that created lithium ion batteries marks the common heritage of mobile communications (laptops and smart phones), electric vehicles, and a new era in energy storage for our electric system.

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Tesla, Edison, “The Current War,” and What it Has to Do With Getting to Work

, Senior energy analyst

Getting to work on time can be enough of a hassle, but imagine if there wasn’t an agreed standard time, or worse if we didn’t have agreement about which side of the street to drive on. This simple but vital task of getting to work on time would be a mess.  Standardizing time zones was a key step in getting trains to run on schedules.

Today’s technology also relies on standards. “Plug-and-play” might be overused, but every appliance and wall socket are designed to meet agreed standards and offer consumers trouble-free connection for electrical products.

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M. Jacobs
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The Climate Strike Inspires. So Do These 5 Signs of Clean Energy Progress

, Senior energy analyst

Climate change is serious. So are the tools we have for addressing it. Here are 5 images of clean energy progress to keep in mind. Read more >

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A wide range of stakeholders from across the country met in December 2018 to develop a set of principles to ensure equitable deployment of energy storage technologies. (Photo: Megan Rising/UCS)

Putting Communities First in Deploying Energy Storage

, senior energy analyst

A wide range of stakeholders just released a set of principles for equity and energy storage. Read more >

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6 Utility Trends to Look Out For in 2019

, Senior Energy Analyst

The electric utility industry is abuzz with terms like blockchain and hosting capacity analysis. While the industry is certainly likely to hear more about these topics in the coming year, applications will likely be isolated to a few states in 2019. The sector is undergoing change and we can expect a few larger, national trends to manifest. From changes in the resource mix to federal shakeups, here are six electricity trends to keep an eye on in 2019: Read more >

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