WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel recommended Wednesday that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, according to aviation officials familiar with the decision.
The International Civilian Aviation Organization's air navigation commission, the agency's highest technical body, also proposed that the ban be lifted if new packaging can be developed that provides an acceptable level of safety.
Final approval from the ICAO top-level council is still needed. The council is scheduled to take up the matter in late February.
AES Energy Storage’s deal with LG Chem to supply batteries for its Advancion platform being marketed for grid operators is a signal of the accelerating growth in the sector, The Washington Post reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery.
If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar- or wind- powered homes become more viable — even on cloudy days or when the wind isn't blowing. These types of technological solutions will be one of the more hopeful aspects of United Nations climate talks that begin next week in Paris.
Duke Energy has doubled the battery storage capacity at its retired Beckjord Coal Plant in Ohio, enabling the utility to provide four megawatts from storage into the PJM Interconnection system, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. aviation panel Wednesday rejected a ban on rechargeable battery shipments on passenger airliners, despite evidence they can cause explosions and unstoppable, in-flight fires, aviation officials told The Associated Press.
The International Civil Aviation Organization panel on dangerous goods voted 10 to 7 against a ban, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak about the vote publicly.
More firms like Vionx Energy, presently working with United Technologies, appear to be learning from past failures and succeeding suddenly with energy storage and battery systems, The New York Times reports.
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson has acquired University of Michigan-based startup Sakti3 and plans to construct a battery production plant, potentially positioning it to compete with Tesla and Panasonic in the electric car battery market , USA Today reports.
Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric said at a conference last week that battery storage is becoming competitive with natural gas-fired plants when it comes to providing power to handle peaks on the grid, Bloomberg reports.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.