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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) â 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.
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.
The tanker BW Zambesi sailed from Texas Wednesday night headed for South Korea loaded with $40 million in condensate from Enterprise Products Partners, but the Commerce Department move to permit such exports -- now on hold -- caught the White House by surprise, senior adviser John Podesta told The Wall Street Journal.
The latest round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine have major energy companies -- including BP and Total -- thinking again about the way they do business with Moscow, The New York Times reports.
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, responding to a Department of Energy draft report estimating the impact LNG exports would have on greenhouse gas emissions, warned that taking it into consideration would open the door to legal challenges, National Journal reports.
The southern parts of the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured causing a major spill in Arkansas in March 2013, restarted on July 9, Exxon Mobil told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an email, The Associated Press reports.
Increasing OPEC production and higher U.S. gasoline stockpiles outweighed international crises to send oil prices lower Thursday. Benchmark crude for September delivery fell 75 cents to $99.52 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude was 40 cents down to $106.11, Reuters reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has re-introduced a measure that would keep the Export-Import Bank going, but without controversial language that would lift restrictions on it financing coal plants overseas, and the bill has now attracted support from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., The Hill reports.
With the departure of two more managers -- Bob Perciasepe and Craig Hooks -- from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA will have eight vacancies among its 14 key political posts, a special problem when it has a full load of challenges, E&E reports.
Departing Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe says he hopes to be able to “build a bridge” with Republicans over the EPA’s rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants and clarifying jurisdiction over bodies of water (WOTUS), but he’s meeting with skepticism, The Hill reports.
Evangelical and conservative Christians were among those speaking out in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants during two days of hearings on the regulation this week in Washington, The New York Times reports.
The lack of interested buyers thus far for the electricity output of TransAlta’s coal-fired plant in Centralia, Washington is due to soft prices in the Pacific Northwest and not moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions, company chief Dawn Farrell told Platts.