Ener1 has a $40 million deal to supply Russia’s Federal Grid Company (FGC) with batteries to back up the grid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Ice is nice, but so is cash. The startup that builds an ice-based energy storage and air conditioning system for buildings — Ice Energy — announced this morning that it has raised a $24 million Series C round of funding.
Today, Motorola filed suit regarding three complaints against Apple over patent infringements. The complaints deal with antenna design and other associated smartphone technologies covered in 18 patents held by Motorola. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Apple’s legal problems.
If you want to find a Moore’s Law type improvement for batteries, “you’ve got to go to an asteroid and come back with some new materials,” says Quallion President Paul Beach.
Among the 2.6 billion people in the world that don’t have regular access to grid power, an economy has emerged around junky car batteries. But the young, ambitious crew from the newly emerged startup Fenix International, thought to themselves, there has to be a better way.
The green car battery recycling bandwagon just got a bit more crowded. General Motors and Swiss grid giant ABB announced that the two companies will jointly research ways to reuse old batteries from GM’s Chevy Volt hybrid for storing power on the grid.
Battery startup Contour Energy Systems says it has developed a new battery technology based on the volatile material fluorine, which can deliver longer lasting, higher power batteries for devices spanning from smart meters to pacemakers, and — potentially years down the road — electric vehicles and laptops.
Here’s a yin and yang combo: power a building with the sun and store the energy overnight with ice. Solar panel maker Sunpower and Ice Energy announced on Thursday that they’ve teamed up to build a pilot project combining their technologies.
Pike Research says that the global market for energy storage will be $35 billion by 2020. That’s about the estimated market cap of Facebook if it goes public next year. Where’s Moore’s Law when we need it?
For most YouTubers, the almighty viewcount reigns supreme — if your video doesn’t break five figures, it doesn’t matter how good it is. It’s an interesting yet at times exhausting attitude — which is possibly why the 0Views blog is so refreshing an experience.