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Windows 7: US government: We've found 'holy grail' of grid-scale battery tech

04 Mar 2016   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
US government: We've found 'holy grail' of grid-scale battery tech

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US Department of Energy's research arm is upbeat about the prospects of new battery technology ushering in clean and cheap energy.

The research arm of the US Department of Energy (DoE) claims to have discovered game-changing energy-storage technologies that could accelerate the uptake of clean energy and make everything from smartphones to electric vehicles run for longer.

Ellen Williams, director of DoE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), says it has achieved several breakthroughs in energy-storage technology that could transform the electrical grid.

"We have reached some holy grails in batteries -- just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing," Williams told The Guardian.

ARPA-E, which is modelled on the more widely-known Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), gained its first funding in 2009 under Barack Obama and formed part of the government's stimulus plan.

The group is tasked with supporting "transformational energy projects" and, according to Obama, 45 ARPA-E backed projects have now secured more than $1.25bn in private-sector funding. ARPA-E has invested about $1.3bn across 475 projects over the past seven years...


Read more: US government: We've found 'holy grail' of grid-scale battery tech | ZDNet


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04 Mar 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks Shawn.
Very interesting article.
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04 Mar 2016   #3
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

I ain't buyin' it. "We have reached some holy grails in batteries" but then mentions 4 different research project in various stages, none of which AFAICT is remotely close to commercialization.

What she meant to say was "Let's drum-up more public support for all these projects we need funding for!"

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04 Mar 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I can see looking at more than one method to improve the battery usage.
Are these searchers trying to drum up some more money for their projects, absolutely.
Will all this money be spent wisely? NO
They must spend all the money one way or the other or they won't get anymore government grants. That is the way the system works.
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04 Mar 2016   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think she is a mouth full without any proof of what they have really accomplished.
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