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EV Charging in 15 Seconds?

EV Charging in 15 Seconds?

An interesting but misleading claim.  Estonia-based Skeleton Technologies has announced with a flourish that it has a graphene-based ultracapacitor for EVs.  Because ultracapacitors accumulate static charges rather than store chemical energy, they do indeed recharge...
Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

In the past week, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has issued a number of Flex Alerts. Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve energy. On social media SMUD shared this call. It might seem like renewable energy has made this a new...
So Many Battery Breakthroughs

So Many Battery Breakthroughs

Just keeping my eyes peeled for new announcements, I have seen close to a hundred announcements of legitimate breakthroughs in improved battery performance.  And there seem to be an even larger set of dubious announcements where it looks like the science needs years...
Thinking Small and Simple = Thinking Smart

Thinking Small and Simple = Thinking Smart

Over the past decade, rooftop solar has made a big impact on energy generation. Now, in California, energy can be “free” during the day when solar is abundant. That is one of the reasons you have seen CleanStart talk about storage so much. To battle, the BIG problem...

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