Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

TOKYO (AP) — American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory," or large-scale plant, will be built.

The plant will produce cells, modules and packs for Tesla's electric vehicles and for the stationary energy storage market, employing 6,500 people by 2020.

Big advance in lithium battery design reported at Stanford


A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.

Awaiting incentives, Tesla eyes California for battery plant

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla Motors Inc. is considering building a large battery plant in California as state legislators proposed a set of tax breaks and regulatory incentives to woo the electric vehicle maker, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Record pace for battery tech development

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Battery technology is making technological advances at “a record pace,” a top official at Underwriters Laboratories told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Oncor testing backup batteries in Dallas

Texas Tribune

Electricity transmission company Oncor is installing five batteries for testing around South Dallas this summer, designed to provide emergency power in the event of a blackout on the grid, the Texas Tribune reports.

Elon Musk takes on carbon with solar, battery bets

NEW YORK (AP) — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.

"If we don't do this we felt there was a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term," Musk said Tuesday in a conference call.

Another advance in battery technology: Store energy around a copper wire


A science team at the University of Central Florida, specializing in nanotechnology, says it has found a way to store energy in a sheath filled with 'nano-whiskers' wrapped around a copper wire, in a study appearing in two journals, Advanced Materials and Nature, Reuters reports.

EnerVault unveils largest flow battery

San Francisco Chronicle

EnerVault, a Bay-area company started six years ago that has $30 million in venture funding thus far, on Thursday publicly unveiled its flow battery, large tanks filled with electrolytes to store energy gathered from nearby solar panels, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

California back in running for Tesla battery plant

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

Musk said Wednesday that the company plans to break ground on one of two locations as early as next month for the plant that has been the subject of furious competition from four other Southwestern states. A second site will follow a month or two later.

Palo Alto-based Tesla has previously said just four states were in the running for the plant: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.

Hawaiian Electric seeking energy storage for Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric is seeking bidders to provide one or more large-scale energy storage systems on Oahu.

The utility says it needs energy storage because wind and solar power generation has grown dramatically. It says energy storage would help it ride through sudden fluctuations in the availability of wind and solar-generated power.

More than 11 percent of Hawaiian Electric customers have solar panels on their homes. Oahu also has several large-scale wind and solar power projects generating electricity.


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