Batteries Included

Last month, a Central Valley almond orchard played host to a meaningful step in our journey to cleaner energy. Employees of tech startup EnerVault gathered around their creation: rectangular metal boxes, sort of like shipping containers with doors, backed by four tall, cylindrical tanks. In the presence of federal, state, and electric grid officials, they…

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Stored Power

BASED ON EARTH For this second installment of our environmental news column, we’re looking at climate change from wildly different perspectives. We’ll explore whether local green-tech manufacturing firms can help wean California off fossil fuels, highlight some key data from the National Climate Assessment, and hear from an Amazonian shaman who’s fed up with white…

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Clean Energy Gets Boost From California Public-Private Initiative

A few years ago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF joined forces to launch CalCharge, the first-ever, public-private consortium designed to be a “center of gravity” for the California energy storage cluster. And this week, after growing to include more labs and labor support, CalCharge announced its new corporate members at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) advanced manufacturing event in…

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CalCharge leads Bay Area’s play to be the battery-tech capital of the U.S.

A consortium of the battery technology companies ranging from the huge — Duracell, Hitachi, Volkswagen, LG and Eaton Corp. — to local startups this week formally launched CalCharge, a group tasked with accelerating research around energy storage. CalCharge’s formation buttresses the Bay Area’s status as a center of gravity in energy storage. The new public-private partnership also…

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CalCharge initiative may give battery makers energy synergy

The Bay Area teems with startups focused on creating advanced batteries that can store enough energy to run phones, cars – even buildings. Now a unique collaboration between private companies and the federal government could make California the center of this fast-evolving industry. The CalCharge initiative, launched Thursday, gives advanced battery startups easy access to national…

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TSRC to Lead New Northern California Consortium to Promote Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), one of nine centers affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies, will receive more than $3 million to initially establish an alternative fuel and vehicle center for northern California. The California Energy Commission tapped TSRC to head a new consortium of academic research centers, public agencies, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to…

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Silicon Valley in Race for Battery Breakthrough

When Apple released its newest computer operating system a few weeks ago, battery life was the big selling point: one hour more of web-browsing. Laptops, cellphones and electric cars are driving demand for cheaper and more powerful batteries, but battery technology has been slow to evolve. The Bay Area is becoming a hub for start-ups…

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