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Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

Battery Electric Buses Come of Age

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Geoffrey Moore’s book, Crossing the Chasm, speaks to the moment when disruptive technologies make the leap from early adopter to early majority customers, signaling the maturity of a technology and its acceptance as a mainstream solution. This, I think, is where we stand today in the public transit arena with  … Read More

Diamond Dust and Power Density

Diamond Dust and Power Density

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Ions move between two electrodes—a cathode and an anode—during a lithium-ion battery’s charge and discharge cycles. However, as these lithium ions transfer back and forth, they leave behind a buildup of microscopic fibers called dendrites. This residue can accumulate on the electrodes, and eventually cause the electrical current passing through them  … Read More

Placing UPS Battery Backups Outside

Placing UPS Battery Backups Outside

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The rapid growth of integrated networks and systems has led to an increasing demand for dependable and continuous power. To support a reliable supply of electrical energy to power these networks and systems in the event of an outage on the electric grid, the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system serves  … Read More

Inside Tesla’s Gigafactory

Inside Tesla’s Gigafactory

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Tesla’s battery factory, Gigafactory1, is an immense 1.9 million square-foot structure. Not only does it take up a large chunk of real estate in Nevada, its massive footprint is ever-expanding due to a project that has been largely kept under wraps. However, building permits made public last week offer some  … Read More

Hybridizing Power Plants with Batteries

Hybridizing Power Plants with Batteries

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General Electric’s steam, gas, and wind turbines make up a large portion of the world’s electricity generating capacity. The company announced last week that it will extend its battery storage solutions to all of its power plants worldwide. This combination of energy storage and gas turbines promises supportive flexibility for the  … Read More

Lithium-ion Batteries: How Safe Are They?

Lithium-ion Batteries: How Safe Are They?

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Lithium-ion batteries are energy dense, able to store an ever-increasing amount of electrons in a relatively small space. As the number of devices that they supply power to grows exponentially, it becomes more and more important to understand their chemistries, constructions, and potential limitations. We recently reached out to Brian  … Read More



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