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Don’t panic: New tech means there’s plenty of lithium to meet our battery needs for 100% Renewable Energy

The energy storage sector has been growing robustly, despite some concerns about the global supply chain for one key material, lithium. That question could soon be moot. The California-based startup Lilac Solutions has just received a major financial boost for an innovative, low-impact method for extracting lithium from abundant brines around the globe. By Tina […]

September 4th

Leveling up to get more hydropower out of existing dams

Where can you drop a massive new 300 megawatt hydropower plant without anybody noticing? That’s a good question these days. Renewable energy can hit the same pushback that nuclear energy and fossil fuel encounter when the topic turns to planning for new generation. New transmission lines can cause headaches, too. By Tina Casey Cleantechnica Finding […]

August 18th

Hydrogen fuel cells – not there yet (but getting close)

Hydrogen, oh hydrogen. In the race to zero-emission vehicles, there is no clear winner. Battery electric vehicles require heavy batteries to carry them over long distances while the less-developed suite of technologies supporting hydrogen vehicles results in efficiencies that drive the price of hydrogen up, especially at current low volumes. But there’s more to it […]

August 13th

Battery pack dance-off: Tesla Model 3 vs Chevy Bolt

Since the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt were introduced, there has been considerable interest in the heart of their performance, the battery packs. These two cars have been pivotal in introducing lower-cost long-range electric transport. The Bolt sources its pouch type cells from LG Chem, while the Model 3 uses cylindrical cells sourced from Panasonic. […]

Sunrun upgrading storm-ravaged Puerto Rico with solar power

Sunrun, the leading residential solar, storage, and energy services company in the US, has announced it is now offering its Brightbox solar-as-a-service and home battery combination to households in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. By Joshua S Hill Cleantechnica This is not the first time Sunrun has been to Puerto Rico, so to speak, being one of […]

July 8th

Can a high-tech green energy company thrive in the heart of Kentucky coal country?

EnerBlü, a company that makes rechargeable lithium batteries for mainline energy grids, microgrids, and electric cars, has transplanted its headquarters from Riverside in southern California to Lexington, the western edge of what used to be the heart of Kentucky coal operations. That will also be the site of its research and development center. But there is a bigger, potentially more […]

May 17th

First used Tesla for sale! (Plus: Where’s Elon?)

It was inevitable. Somebody somewhere always has to have the first available new new thing and is willing to pay a premium to get it. Car dealers have been playing this game since the Eisenhower administration, slapping a surcharge on hot selling new models so they can soak those who absolutely must have the latest […]

January 2nd