California could waive regs to get Tesla battery factory

Los Angeles Times

California – competing against Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico to be chosen as the site for Tesla Motors’ battery gigafactory – could waive some of its toughest environmental regulations as an incentive, according to state Sen. Ted Gaines, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations.

In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the Nevada site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.

California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are also in the running for the factory. Competition is intense for the plant, which Tesla says could employ 6,500 people by 2020.

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.


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