Tesla to unveil new batteries next week


On April 30, Tesla is set to unveil its version of a home battery as well as a model intended for large industrial-scale use, CNN reports.

Improvements to battery storage technology key for renewable success

The New York Times

Better and cheaper batteries will be a key to successfully integrating renewable energy into the grid, The New York Times reports.

Prominent energy scientist dies in California

Los Angeles Times

Richard Post, a long-time inventor and scientist who worked on energy storage solutions, died in Walnut Creek, Calif., last week at age 96, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Energy storage sales to grow for BYD


Chinese automaker BYD Co. – which is part-owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – is looking to double sales of its energy storage units in the coming year, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla eyeing home battery


Tesla is planning to enter the energy storage market with a battery for use in homes and businesses, to store energy generated by solar panels, CEO Elon Musk said in a conference call with investors Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.

Energizer debuts recycled AA and AAA batteries

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Billions of discarded household batteries make their way into landfills every year and now one of the nation's largest battery makers says it is putting some of them to good use.

Suburban St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings on Tuesday introduced Energizer EcoAdvanced, described as the first disposable AA and AAA alkaline batteries made with recycled batteries.

VW picks up battery stake, to get boost over Tesla

Startup QuantumScape Corp. -– believed to be working on solid-state battery technology -- has caught the attention of Volkswagen AG, which has bought a stake in the company, people familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg, which reports that the German automaker is likely trying to get a competitive edge over Tesla.

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect the powerful industries that depend on the batteries and the airlines that profit from shipping them. The batteries are used in products ranging from cellphones and laptops to hybrid cars.

Lab team in Berkeley seeking next generation battery technology

San Jose Mercury-News

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a 14-member partnership funded by the Department of Energy that is looking for revolutionary advances in battery technology, is moving into a new laboratory in Berkeley in January, which will unite its science and engineering staff under a single roof for the first time, the San Jose Mercury-News reports.

Berkshire buying Duracell from P&G in $3B deal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.

P&G, the world's biggest consumer products maker, had announced last month that it wanted to make Duracell a stand-alone company. P&G, which acquired Duracell in 2005, said at the time that it preferred a spinoff of Duracell, but that it was considering a sale or other options.


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