Category Archives: Batteries

How is California’s AB2514 experiment with utility scale battery storage coming along?

[ This is an excellent article by Tod Kiefer about tests of sodium-sulfur batteries, which are the only kind of battery for which there is enough material on earth to make. Battery electric storage is meant to “replace nimble, fast-ramping … Continue reading

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Notes from “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World” by Steve LeVine

[ My notes from 2015 “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World” by Steve LeVine follow this introduction. I read this book because I’ve done extensive research on batteries and was surprised by all the … Continue reading

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Heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks a waste of energy and money

[ Fuel cells are seen as an alternative to batteries, because batteries may always be too heavy to move trucks: Battery electric trucks (BEV) may never work out. Even if 5 to 10 times as much battery energy density (Wh/kg) … Continue reading

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Utility scale energy storage batteries limited by materials and few locations for pumped hydro, compressed air

[ Natural gas is finite, but aside from (pumped) hydropower, natural gas is the main way wind and solar are balanced now. Therefore, a tremendous amount of energy storage will be needed in the future as natural gas declines. The … Continue reading

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Diesel is finite. Trucks are the bedrock of civilization. So where are the battery electric trucks?

[ Related articles Just 16,000 catenary trucks would use 1% of California’s electricity generation, all vehicles 2.5 times more power than available Hybrid electric trucks are very different from HEV cars Electric truck range is less in cold weather All … Continue reading

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Hybrid electric trucks are very different from HEV cars

[ This document explains why it is hard to transfer auto hybrid technology to trucks.  They are entirely different animals — medium-duty trucks weigh up to 10 times more, have up to 10 times the horsepower, and a far longer … Continue reading

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Electric truck range is less in cold weather

[ What follows are excerpts from Calstart’s study of the effects cold weather had on lithium and Sodium Nickel Chloride e-truck batteries Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and … Continue reading

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

[ Who cares about electric CARS?  Civilization ends when trucks stop running, and trucks can’t run on batteries because they’re too heavy (93% of the cargo weight, 25% of the cargo space), and an all-electric truck fleet would require thousands … Continue reading

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The periodic table limits battery development

Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report There hasn’t been much … Continue reading

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Would Tesla, li-ion batteries, SolarCity or SpaceX exist without $4.9 billion in government subsidies?

[ Tesla made no new battery breakthroughs — batteries aren’t much better today than they were 200 years ago.  All they did was build a better battery management system (BMS) by stringing teeny-tiny batteries together — thousands of them, and … Continue reading

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