Batteries

What Do Investors Get With BioSolar?

by Debra Fiakas, CFA Last week management of energy storage developer BioSolar, Inc. (BSRC:  OTC/PK) provided an update on the company lithium-ion battery design.  The company’s engineers along with a manufacturing partner are still making changes to the design called the 21700 cell.  Ad ...

Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

State regulators have proposed a major set of responses to what could be a looming grid reliability shortfall in Sothern California, including a 2.5-gigawatt reliability resources procurement between 2021 and 2023. Although the proposed ‘all-source’ procurement would allow existing natural ga ...

The Blockchain Opportunity at the Heart of the Flexible Grid

When blockchain arrived on the energy scene three years ago, much of the discussion went straight to disruption and disintermediation. Like Uber racing into a new city, rules were meant to be broken, and the newcomer was seen as a catalyst for near-revolutionary change. Blockchain could spell the ...

Is Volkswagen’s stock charging up or still sputtering toxic fumes?

It’s been ten years since Volkswagen won the won Green Car of the Year award at the LA Auto Show. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Audi A3 TDI won because of their innovative clean diesel engines. Then a massive scandal revealed that the clean diesel engines weren’t actually that clean: Volkswa ...

Solaria Raises $40M to Double Its Module Production Capacity

California-based PV manufacturer Solaria Corp. has raised $40 million to double its current production capacity to close to 500 megawatts by year’s end.  It’s Solaria's second significant public investment in as many years, as it expands production to meet its small but growing share of ...

More Money for Electric Trucks: Rivian Raises $350M From Cox Automotive

Rivian raised another $350 million to support its electric truck and SUV commercialization. This investment came from Cox Automotive, a 34,000-person company that facilitates the sale of cars through brands like Kelley Blue Book and online marketplace Autotrader. The deal sets up a strategic rela ...

How China is Cornering the Lithium-ion Cell Recycling Market

The commonly held view that lithium-ion batteries are not being recycled is not true. It’s just that China has pretty much cornered the market, experts say. China recycled around 67,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries last year, or 69 percent of all the stock available for recycling worldwide, ac ...

DNV GL: Renewables at 80% of Global Electricity Mix by 2050

Even a drastic uptick in renewable electricity has the globe on course for about 2.4°C of warming, according to a new analysis from DNV GL.  The takeaways, while a slight variation on other scenarios of how a global energy transition may unfold, affirm what others have forecasted: The world is ...

Massive Solar-Battery Plant Wins Approval in L.A., Overcoming Union Concerns

Los Angeles' municipal utility unanimously approved the contract for the cheapest solar and energy storage project in the U.S. on Tuesday. The 400-megawatt Eland project, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, failed to pass a late-August vote by the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s Board of Co ...

US Storage Market Hits Speed Bump in Q2, But Residential Sector Shines

Coming off record storage installations in the first quarter of 2019, the U.S. market slowed substantially in Q2, although the long-term picture remains unchanged. After delivering an all-time best of 149 megawatts in Q1, deployments dropped almost in half to 76 megawatts in the subsequent quarte ...