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!

Chinese Battery Manufacturers Take on Tesla

Elon Musk has boasted about Tesla's battery storage capacity, but the evidence suggests China's energy storage sector could dwarf Tesla and its gigafactories…

Can the Sun Pay for Trump’s Border Wall?

Donald Trump says his border wall idea could be paid for by installing solar panels on it. The truth, however, is that the…

Maryland Passes America’s First Tax Credit for Energy Storage

Maryland is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that will provide tax credits, not cash rebates, to consumers and businesses…

The Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy for Homeowners

Capacity for home energy-storage technologies continues to rise while costs go down. This will make solar a no-brainer for many families.

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…