THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Sunday

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New electric car battery technology could allow vehicles to be recharged in six minutes

A new battery technology company is preparing to commercialize new technology which could lead to rapid charging times. Echion Technologies, the Sawston-based battery specialist born out of Cambridge University, is looking to bring the battery tech to both smartphones and electric cars. The firm claims that the recharging times could drop to as little as six minutes…


China Focus: China’s coal capital transforming into hydrogen hub

Datong, the coal capital of China, has a new goal — transforming into a hydrogen hub, as the mined-out city is gradually losing competitiveness and looking for new growth engines. “We will strive to develop new energy, with hydrogen energy at the core,” said Wu Hongwen, mayor of Datong in north China’s Shanxi Province. Less noisy and more environment-friendly…


One Woman’s Research on Aquatic Bioinvasions, Seaweed, Wave Energy

One never knows the waters a science-based article will dip into when a writer features one of OSU-Hatfield’s multidisciplinary researchers. Scientists look at very focused questions while naturalists and generalist ecologists look at systems from a broader range, but that interplay is less friction than analysis. As a journalist, my job is to dig deep and find those…


Like Riding a Bicycle: Demand Fluctuation and Electricity Storage

This article is a follow-up to “A Faster Horse,” in which I briefly discussed the origin of investor-owned utilities. In that article, I referred to five characteristics of natural monopolies, and in this second of five follow-up articles, we take a brief look at one of those five characteristics and the impact of current technology developments on it. In this article, I focus on…


Renewable energy: a tipping point for storage

The future is being driven by dropping prices. That’s nothing new. It’s when innovative products drop in price, moving from the elite to reach a mass market, that they become transformative. Think cars, mobile phones, personal computers, and air travel. It’s true also of the tipping point where one technology replaces another. And that’s what we’re currently seeing…


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