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Plans for Energizer to buy the Rayovac battery division moved a step forward this week when the deadline passed for federal regulators to object based on antitrust issues. The Portage Rayovac plant, shown here, is expected to be part of the $2 billion transaction, which the companies think will close in ...
The world's biggest-ever solar project -- a $200 billion venture in Saudi Arabia -- comes with a "batteries included" sticker that signals a major shift for the industry. SoftBank Group has partnered with the oil-rich Saudis to plan massive networks of photovoltaic panels across the sun-drenched ... farm

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. is downplaying the potential of solid-state batteries, a hoped-for breakthrough technology in electric vehicles. A senior Nissan technology executive called solid-state batteries' level of development "practically a zero" and warned that they face many hurdles ...
There was fire at Rumpke's recycling facility in St. Bernard Thursday and a small battery is to blame. This isn't the first, second or even third time Rumpke has had difficulties with batteries. In 2016 alone, Rumpke officials said local fire departments had responded to at least six fires at the facility in ...
Dendrites--branching structures that look like tree limbs--are fun to draw and good on neurons, but they're generally best avoided in lithium-ion batteries. As ions are exchanged between the anode and cathode over several charge and discharge cycles, lithium electrodes will sometimes grow ...

While batteries have been improving in recent times, at their core today's batteries still operate on the same basic electrochemical principles developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some physicists are now wondering whether quantum phenomena may revolutionize conventional battery chemistry and ...
Also, think about this: Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that electric vehicles will cost less than gasmobiles in a few years because the cost of lithium-ion batteries is dropping super fast, and if you can wirelessly charge-on-the-go you will need smaller and even cheaper batteries, so put wireless ...
At the same time, Congress is considering a proposal to remove or reduce tariffs on more than 1,600 items — everything from the aforementioned peppers and batteries to pimientos and nonskid rings for toilet brush caddies. V. Formusa Co., a 120-year-old Des Plaines-based Italian foods manufacturer and ...
Lithium-air batteries sound too good to be true—using the oxygen available in the air to produce electricity. Theoretically, they could become serious competitors to lithium-ion batteries; but so far, a commercial reality hasn't emerged. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois and the Argonne ...
Previous studies have had some success combining one-dimensional fibers with flexible Zn-MnO2 batteries, but many of these lose charge capacity and are not rechargeable. So, Chunyi Zhi and colleagues wanted to develop a rechargeable yarn zinc-ion battery that would maintain its charge capacity, ...
Lithium-ion batteries have proven successful for consumer electronics, but electric vehicles, wind turbines or smart grids require batteries with far greater energy capacity. A leading contender is the lithium-metal battery, which differs from lithium ion technology in that it contains lithium metal electrodes.
A partnership between developer Bay State Wind and NEC Energy Solutions this month highlighted a growing push to pair energy storage with offshore wind. Bay State Wind said it will work with NEC Energy Solutions to add batteries to an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm planned for 15 miles off the ...
"Common lithium-ion batteries only have a certain capacity," said Dr. Kyeongjae "K.J." Cho, professor of materials science and engineering. "And most people want to use their phones for a longer time." Many smartphone users are familiar with the shelf life of lithium-ion batteries. Sometimes a charge can ...
A German firm is aiming to help homes obtain year-round self-produced renewable energy with a hybrid storage system combining batteries with hydrogen. Zeyad Abul-Ella, managing director and founder of Berlin-based Home Power Solutions (HPS), said his company's Picea all-in-one unit, which went ...
China is hoping to become the Detroit of the battery-powered electric-vehicle industry. Sales of EVs are expected to reach 1 million this year alone, and the government has big plans for expansion. But this welcome trend comes with a perplexing side effect: China is now using up more lithium-ion batteries ...
Electric companies don't intend to use utility-scale batteries as storage. They want them for something just as important: ancillary services. In other words, they want batteries to bridge the gap between the time a power plant suddenly and unexpectedly goes off-line (trips), and backup power from another ...

Not so with button batteries. If one of these battery cells stops going and going—as the old Energizer tagline goes—and gets stuck in the food pipe, it will begin to conduct an electrical current, which raises the pH of the surrounding tissue. Within a few hours, if not removed, it can burn a hole through the ...
The method also works on lithium cobalt oxide, which is widely used in electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops. “In my house I have about six cellphones,” Chen said. “I have probably about five laptops. They all have lithium batteries. I thought, there is no clear system to recycle and retrieve ...
Cobalt is a fundamental cathode component in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), determining the high energy and power density as well as the long lifetime. However, as outlined in the article by Dr. Christoph Vaalma et al., cobalt is toxic and scarce. "In general, the rapidly growing market penetration of LIBs for ...
The leader of the team that developed the battery, Professor John Andrews, says that with the improvements made possible by graphene, the proton battery could become a real challenger for lithium-ion batteries and advance efforts for energy storage solutions that pave the way for a renewable energy ...
Is battery technology ready to power a small regional aircraft? Israeli startup Eviation Aircraft believes it is, and it has selected South Korea's Kokam to supply lithium polymer batteries to power a full-scale prototype of its Alice nine-passenger, all-electric regional aircraft by early 2019. Kokam supplied the ...
NEW ORLEANS – A man has been arrested after several sexual batteries occurred near the Tulane University Uptown campus. Authorities say in two separate cases on Thursday morning, women were walking along Broadway (between the 1000 and 1200 block of Broadway) when a man riding a bike ...
Earlier this year, Spectrum Brands announced it would sell its global battery business, which includes Rayovac batteries, to St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings, Inc. for $2 billion. The merger between HRG and Spectrum is not expected to have an impact on that deal. Moelis & Company LLC is serving as ...
Lithium ion batteries are rechargeable and power such devices as cell phones, laptops, power tools, and even store power for the electrical grid. They're particularly sensitive to temperature fluxes, and have been known to cause fires or even explosions. In response to the problems with liquid electrolytes, ...
Lithium ion batteries, typically used in electric vehicles and smart grids, are key to a low-carbon future, according the authors. The problem is that while lithium could theoretically conduct electricity at high capacity, it also results in what is known as thermal runaway during the charge and discharge cycle.
China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to become a dominant global ...
More research shows that batteries aren't necessarily helping decarbonize the grid. In many cases, according to a team from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), batteries are making it dirtier. The team, led by Naga Srujana Goteti of RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability, found batteries installed ...
An Australian company is turning a lake into one of the world's biggest batteries. The system of lakes, turbines and tunnels will move water around in a way that guarantees electricity is always on tap. Supporters of the scheme are hopeful it will reduce the country's dependence on coal. Al Jazeera's Andrew ...
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries' internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits. The new ...
A new precise and direct test of the internal temperatures of lithium-ion batteries and their electrode potential shows that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits. A team from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of ...
To mark National Battery Day on Sunday, officials are reminding consumers that most batteries are recyclable at household hazardous materials facilities, such as ... Lithium Ion batteries can be left at the Bluffs recycling center Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 4441 Gifford Road.
Do you use Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries in your photo equipment? You may be able to get the same performance at a much lower cost. This interesting 7-minute video from Matthew Eargle of AirborneSurfer looks into whether these relatively expensive batteries ($20 per pack of 4) are actually ...
The new technology works in-situ during a battery's normal operation without impeding its performance and it has been tested on standard commercially available batteries. Such new technology will enable advances in battery materials science, flexible battery charging rates, thermal and electrical ...
Con Edison, the largest electric utility company in New York, may start to integrate Tesla Powerpack batteries into power grids controlled by Orange and Rockland Utilities, one of ConEd's subsidiary companies. Electrek first reported the proposal (Read the full proposal here), which was submitted to the New York State ...
For some it's come too late, as the constant rebooting has drained their vehicles' batteries completely. The problem began over the weekend after an over-the-air update apparently went out to certain 2017 and 2018 model year cars. After that, something went wrong with SiriusXM's Travel Link feature.
If you plan on flying Delta anytime soon, you may want to consider leaving your smart suitcase at home. Suitcase maker Away sent customers an email this week letting them know that customers who fly Delta must remove the battery from their suitcase before they board, even if they're not checking the bag.
They are working so hard, it seems, that prices, which used to be a major obstacle along the path toward renewable energy storage gaining ground, have fallen much lower than the price of traditionally generated and stored energy, the Wall Street Journal notes in a recent story on giant batteries.
As Hurricane Irma receded last September, thousands of Floridians sheltered in 115 well-lit schools, drinking hot coffee and communicating with the world through cell phones charged by solar-plus-storage systems. Funded by a $9.8 million 2009 Recovery Act grant, the solar-plus-storage systems ...
Apparently, they must've found something interesting since BMW wanted to work closely with them. Furthermore, the Munich-based company is also performing its own R&D at a newly built center focused solely on batteries, located near Munich. In a recent interview, Ian Roberston said to Autocar that BMW ...
Total Battery Consulting's Dr. Menahem Anderman is highly regarded in the battery and EV industries and his Advanced Automotive Battery Conferences are pre-eminent industry events. In response to my recent article on the precursor metal values in Tesla's cells, Dr. Anderman sent me his estimate of the ...
If you plan on flying Delta anytime soon, you may want to consider leaving your smart suitcase at home. Suitcase maker Away sent customers an email this week letting them know that customers who fly Delta must remove the battery from their suitcase before they board, even if they're not checking the bag.
Last year, British appliance manufacturer Dyson confirmed that it is investing £2 billion ($2.7 billion USD) to bring an electric vehicle with a solid state battery to market in 2020. A new report now claims that the company is actually working on 3 electric vehicles and that the first generation may not feature ...
In sodium batteries, sodium-ions, rather than lithium-ions, travel back and forth between the battery's anode and cathode to produce electricity. Sodium batteries are not able to hold as much energy, but their low cost makes them attractive for mid- to large-scale energy storage systems, such as for storing ...
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 49 different recalls of lithium-ion batteries since 2012. That totals more than 4.2 million products pulled. So how can YOU determine if your device is a bomb waiting to explode? Watch #LiveOnKVAL Monday, Feb. 12, at 11 p.m. for more on this story.
California's Olympic Valley plans to enlist Tesla's help in its push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Batteries produced by the luxury electric car company are set to be installed near the top of the Gold Coast aerial tramway at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Monday.
This material enables new frontiers of safety, cost and energy density for batteries.” Zimmerman says, “We're the key ingredient to make the new battery. We're teaching others how to use our materials.” Ionic will use the money it just raised to create a polymer production facility at its headquarters in Woburn ...
There's a difference between removable and replaceable batteries. A removable battery is, well, easily removable. Slide open the back panel and you can swap it out for another. This was a big selling point on early Android phones because you could carry a second battery to keep your phone running all ...
Environment Ministry will start investigating possible uses of mercury in commercial products, such as button cells and fluorescent lights, from April, sources with knowledge of the matter have said. Following the entry into force in August 2017 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which bans the ...
This week Tesla said it managed to score another deal with South Australia to install up to 50,000 Powerwall batteries in homes, paired with rooftop solar panels. Tesla is also building kiosks at Home Depot and Lowe's stores that would show off and sell the Powerwall, combined with solar panels.


 

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