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!

Natural Gas Stumbles as Hydrogen Picks Up the “Clean” Fuel Flag

New evidence about methane has stripped the veneer of sustainability from natural gas, and that could mean both good and bad news for…

Masdar and Norway’s Oil Giant Launch First Battery Storage System Linked to Offshore Wind

Masdar and Norway's national oil company announced they have installed a new battery system designed to store electricity generated by Hywind Scotland, which…

Ecocentricity Blog: This One Is A Step Back

It is important for environmentalists to acknowledge each step back at the same time they celebrate every two steps forward. Credibility is lost…

New Hydrogen “Water Battery” Could Make Wind and Solar Greener

As the economy decarbonizes, the demand for energy storage will rise

EasyJet: All-Electric Plane Possible in 10 Years

The British discount airline easyJet made waves over the past week in announcing a partnership with U.S.-based Wright Electric to develop an all-electric…

Energy Dept. Pledges $32 Million For Grid Resiliency, With Renewables

Despite Trump's antipathy to renewables, his Energy Department launches a new $32 million round of grid resiliency projects that leverage renewable energy.

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.…