Low-Cost All-Organic Rechargeable Battery Developed
Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a water-based organic battery that is built from cheap and eco-friendly components. The new organic-flow battery does not use metals or toxic materials can last for about 5,000 recharge cycles, which gives them an estimated 15-year lifespan, says Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry in the University. The cost in making this new battery is only a tenth compared to making Lithium ion batteries, which degrade after around 1,000 cycles. Intended application of the technology is in power plants, where it can make the grid more efficient n more resilient by creating a large-scale means to store energy.
Biggest Philippine Coal Miner to Inject $400 Million to Boost Capacity
Seminara Mining Corp., the largest coal producer in the Philippines, plans to spend $400 million to boost its capacity. New supply is being injected as the nation saw a demand increase of 50 percent in the 10 years to 2012, more than three times the 16 percent increase in generation capacity over the same period. The boost will increase the Calaca coal-fed power plant’s capacity by 350MW to 1,200 MW. The company may sign a syndicated loan for 70 percent of the cost of the expansion as early as next quarter, forecasting that two-thirds of profit will come from generation in three years time.
Isuzu and Euglena to Start Biodiesel Development Using Algae
Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Euglena Co. will tie-up to develop a new type of biodiesel using algae, with a goal of establishing the technology by 2018. Both companies are looking to create a type of fuel that an be used on its own unlike existing kinds that need to be mixed with light oil, which produce carbon dioxide emissions. Euglena, Japanese biotech firm, has been developing jet fuel from algae with airline operator ANA Holdings Inc.
New Research Boosts Li-Ion Batteries with Nanotubes
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) are now looking at tiny nanotubes and rods to increase power and durability of lithium-ion power cells. If successful, the new batteries will last longer and perform better. NREL researchers have created crystalline nanotubes and nanorods to overcome weight and temperature issues that are inherent in lithium-ion batteries. This new technology is so small that it would take up 1,000 lined-up nanotubes to cross the width of a human hair. Nanotubes and nanorods were lined-up in a way they can aid battery charging while reducing the overall size.