Industry Giants Samsung and Hyundai Invest in Solid-State Batteries

Automotive and electronics giants are flooding the battery ecosystem with strategic investments. 

Solid-state battery startup Solid Power, based in Louisville, Colorado, just won $20 million in a Series A investment round from Hyundai, Samsung Venture Investment, Sanoh Industrial, Solvay Ventures and A123 Systems. Late last year, Solid Power announced a partnership with BMW to jointly work on automotive batteries. 

The company claims that its battery technology provides "substantially higher energy than conventional lithium-ion" while also reducing system-level costs of safety precautions. 

With the level of investment and excitement in automotive and consumer battery markets, one might forgive a battery startup for using such aspirational language as "a multi-MWh roll-to-roll facility, which

It's been a slow summer of U.K. onshore wind farms.

The U.K.’s wind industry is cautiously responding to data showing poor project performance during a balmy summer.

Luke Clark, head of external affairs at the wind industry body RenewableUK, said his organization is awaiting official second-quarter energy figures, due out Sept. 27, before declaring an official position on news articles published last month.

The Guardian, for example, reported that calm, sunny weather had seen wind’s share of summer electricity generation dropping to 10.4 percent from 12.9 percent a year ago, forcing gas turbines to step into the breach.

“This year has seen a comparatively dirty summer for power generation, due to the weather’s

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The flatscreen TV industry advances thin glass technology, making a new type of window possible
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Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have developed a new type of triple glazingWhen referring to windows or doors, the transparent or translucent layer that transmits light. High-performance glazing may include multiple layers of glass or plastic, low-e coatings, and low-conductivity gas fill. for windows that is about the same thickness and weight as a standard low-eLow-emissivity coating. Very thin metallic coating on glass or plastic window glazing that permits most of the sun’s short-wave (light) radiation to enter, while blocking up to 90% of the long-wave (heat) radiation. Low-e coatings boost a window’s R-value and reduce its U-factor. double-glazed window but comes with twice the insulating value.

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Understanding rebound effects will help us improve efficiency policies in the auto sector.The Trump Administration recently offered a new twist on an old claim about fuel efficiency standards.   For decades, opponents of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have argued that they would force Americans into smaller vehicles. But in justifying its latest proposal to freeze automobile fuel economy standards established in 2009 by the Obama administration, the Trump administration offered a novel argument: More fuel-efficient vehicles, the administration argued, would lower the cost of driving. This in turn would result in people driving more, resulting in increased vehicle injuries and fatalities.   The administration’s claim is half-right. More efficient energy technologies do create rebound effects, the phenomenon by which the energy savings

Bloom Energy, the Silicon Valley fuel cell startup that’s raised about $2 billion in debt and equity, has finally pulled the trigger on its plans to go public. But it’s not saying how much it hopes to raise yet. 

On Tuesday, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup publicly filed an S-1 registration statement (PDF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BE.” 

The move confirms reports from the Wall Street Journal in March that Bloom may be planning a public offering as early as

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