New battery to smooth renewables’ impact on grid

US researchers have developed a new “long-life” battery they claim could help solar and wind power become major suppliers to the electricity grid. Wind and solar currently provide intermittent power and the electricity grid cannot tolerate large and sudden power fluctuations, according to the researchers at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory […]

$130m US fund for ‘cutting-edge’ research in energy

The US Energy Department has announced a fund worth $130 million (£81m) for 66 “cutting-edge” research projects in the energy industry. The cash from the department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is part of its ‘OPEN 2012’ programme, which will support a range of technologies, including advanced fuels, building efficiency, carbon capture, renewable […]