Energy Storage 101

Energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, are variable by nature: The winds may not blow; the sun may not shine; but utility customers still need to turn their lights on.

For this reason, energy storage is often referred to as “the missing piece” of the renewable energy puzzle. Innovators are constantly seeking new ways to make energy storage cheaper and more efficient. Stay up to date on the latest headlines!

Life Beyond Lithium-Ion: New ‘Glass Battery’ Promises Longer EV Range

This energy storage breakthrough for electric vehicles is the result of an international research collaboration.

Elon Musk Promises a Fix for Australia’s Blackout Woes

Last week on social media, Elon Musk made an offer curb summer blackouts by installing battery storage systems across South Australia. And that's…

Tesla Charges Ahead with Plans for More Gigafactories

Tesla's cryptic plans to build three new 'gigafactories' turned heads, while confounding analysts who cannot believe the company continues to grow while losing…

While Seeking a Better Battery, Developers Can’t Forget Safety

Today's tech-lovers want it all: smartphone batteries that last for days, electric vehicles that can cruise for hours on a single charge, and…

DOE SunShot Initiative Reaches $1 Per Watt Goal Three Years Early

The cost of utility-scale solar power has plunged to the Obama administration's $1 a watt goal -- and three years early at that.…

Columbia Scientist Discovers Plastic-Based Energy Storage Solution

Smaller, lighter, cheaper electric vehicle batteries could result from a new manufacturing process that eliminates an energy storage "hiccup."

Searching For a Better Battery Future

The energy market is sharply focused on advancing lithium-ion battery technologies -- and for good reason. Dr. David Lee, CEO of BioSolar, Inc.,…

Henk Rogers of Tetris Wants Clean Energy Storage For All

Henk Rogers, the man who brought Tetris out from behind the Iron Curtain, is determined to bring clean energy storage to homeowners everywhere.

Optimizing Climate Resilience Through Solar Plus Storage

Solar combined with storage can serve as a resiliency mechanism to prepare communities to handle extreme weather events caused by climate change, and…

Why the White House is Counting on Energy Storage

Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer of Sunrun, looks to the future of energy storage in light of the recent White House commitment on…

Tesla Finalizes $2.6 Billion Acquisition of SolarCity

On Sunday, high-end electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors announced the final terms of its acquisition of SolarCity. The deal will cost Tesla approximately…

Will Elon Musk’s Tesla-SolarCity Gamble Pay Off?

On paper, the Tesla-SolarCity deal is one that is easy for Wall Street analysts and business school students to pick apart. But in…

California to Phase Out Nuclear Power By 2025

Pacific Gas and Electric will phase out its nuclear power production in California by 2025. That means the power produced at Diablo Canyon…

Tesla Makes Offer to Buy SolarCity

Electric vehicle superstar Tesla just tendered an offer to buy America’s largest solar company, SolarCity. The move would make Tesla “the world’s only…

How California Blackouts Will Make Solar and Batteries A National Story

California again faces potential blackouts. Could the potential loss of power push the state's innovation in solar and energy storage to the fore?