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Duracell Introduces Quantum – the World’s Most Advanced Alkaline Battery

BETHEL, Conn.–()–Duracell® today announced the launch of Duracell Quantum, the world’s most advanced alkaline battery with unbeatable, long-lasting power, and its biggest innovation since CopperTop. With its revolutionary Hi-Density Core™ and proprietary PowerCheck™ power indicator, the distinctively red and copper Duracell Quantum has been engineered to deliver the performance consumers demand.

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To celebrate the launch of Duracell Quantum, Duracell is donating one million Quantum batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell recognizes that the heroes who protect our families and communities need these batteries to power their critical devices. This donation ensures that they are equipped with the most advanced battery in the world. Continue reading

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Nearly 40 New Advanced Energy Storage Projects Kicked Off in the First Half of 2013

New technologies, including capacitor battery technology, lithium titanate oxide, nickel-iron, and solar thermal, are swelling the pipeline of advanced energy storage projects.  At the same time, new variants on older technologies, such as power-to-gas, are also coming online.  These developments define an industry that is dynamic, if still not mature.  According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, 38 new advanced energy storage projects were announced, deployed, or begun in the first 6 months of 2013.

In total, there are now 633 energy storage projects operating or under development worldwide, the study concludes. Continue reading

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Commercial Building Energy Storage Systems Revenue Will Surpass $7.5 Billion Annually by 2022

BOULDER, Colo.–()–The market for energy storage in commercial buildings is nascent and developing. Although one segment, energy storage systems for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, is mature, the business models for the other two segments within this market – electrical energy storage (EES) systems and thermal energy storage (TES) systems – are still evolving. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from energy storage systems for commercial buildings will grow from $3.9 billion in 2013 to more than $7.5 billion in 2022.

“Today, there is less than 10 gigawatt-hours of cumulative energy storage capacity represented by all commercial building systems, and the vast majority of that capacity is frozen behind meters in UPS systems that are rarely, if ever, called upon”

“Today, there is less than 10 gigawatt-hours of cumulative energy storage capacity represented by all commercial building systems, and the vast majority of that capacity is frozen behind meters in UPS systems that are rarely, if ever, called upon,” says Sam Jaffe, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “By 2022, such systems will represent a global cumulative capacity of more than 30 gigawatt-hours, most of which will be interacting with the power grids throughout the world on a daily basis.” Continue reading

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Shipments of DC Fast Charging for Batteries Will Reach Nearly 100,000 Annually by 2020

Direct current (DC) fast charging technology promises drastic reductions in the time needed to restore a battery electric vehicle (BEV) to full charge.  The barriers to adoption, however, are significant: installation of DC charging stations is still more expensive than conventional alternating current (AC) systems, and slower than expected sales of electric vehicles in general have caused automakers to hesitate in embracing the most advanced technology.  Nevertheless, according to a new report from Navigant Research, shipments of DC fast charging equipment will grow steadily over the remainder of this decade, reaching nearly 100,000 units a year by 2020. Continue reading

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Emerging Battery Technologies Will Address Issues of Energy Density, Cost, and Cycle Life

batteryBOULDER, Colo.–()–Currently available advanced battery technologies for cleantech applications fall short of market needs. While lithium ion batteries have emerged as an early leader in cleantech applications such as energy storage and electrified vehicles, after nearly 20 years of commercialization efforts, the competitive field remains open. According to a new research brief from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, over the next decade, the advanced battery industry will witness the introduction of new approaches to technology and project development, targeting a wide variety of end-use products and services. Continue reading

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Worldwide Electric Vehicle Sales to Reach 3.8 Million Annually by 2020

Electric vehicle_wallpaperSince the launch of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, in late 2010, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have become more widely available in Asia Pacific, North America, and Western Europe.  Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), which first appeared a decade earlier, are now selling steadily in those regions as well.  According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, annual worldwide sales of these vehicles, collectively referred to as electric vehicles (EVs), will reach 3.8 million by 2020.

“Sales of EVs have not lived up to automakers’ expectations and politicians’ proclamations, but the market is expanding steadily as fuel prices remain high and consumers increasingly seek alternatives to internal combustion engines,” says senior research analyst Dave Hurst.  “Indeed, sales of plug-in EVs will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 40 percent over the remainder of the decade, while the overall auto market will expand by only two percent a year.” Continue reading

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Energy Vision Publishes New Report Documenting Renewable Natural Gas as the Solution to a Major U.S. Transportation Challenge

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A newly released publication, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge, reports that the use of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technologically viable alternative to relying exclusively on petroleum-based fuels for transportation. The new publication was prepared by Energy Vision, a noted, national, New York-based energy research organization, and CALSTART, a California-based leader in clean transportation technologies.

“Today we can turn this country’s expensive organic waste burden into a clean vehicle fuel solution,” said Energy Vision President Joanna Underwood. “Waste biogases can also be used to generate power and heat homes; but other renewable energy sources can meet those needs. Fossil-based and renewable natural gas used as vehicle fuels are the only options for displacing significant amounts of oil. By aggressively embracing this strategy as part of an overall energy plan, the new Obama Administration and the 113th Congress can achieve measurable progress in moving toward this country’s key clean air, climate change, energy, national security, economic and job creation goals. For many reasons, RNG is just what the doctor ordered.” Continue reading

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Almost 23 Million Autogas Vehicles Will be Operating on Roads Worldwide by 2020

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a vehicle fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly known as propane or autogas, has some powerful positive characteristics. It is relatively clean burning, easy to store and transport, has high energy content, and is widely available in many countries. The cost per gallon of autogas is significantly lower than gasoline or diesel in many countries, but increasing interest in natural gas as a vehicle fuel is likely to constrain future growth in the autogas market. Nevertheless, according to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the number of autogas vehicles will rise steadily through the remainder of this decade. By 2020, the study concludes, there will be 22.6 million autogas vehicles on roads worldwide.

“The autogas market is caught in a classic chicken and egg scenario,” says senior research analyst David Alexander. “As with any fuel, availability is the key to market growth. Unfortunately, fuel suppliers have taken the view that no need exists to grow the infrastructure if not that many vehicles are equipped to use the fuel. Some form of incentive will be needed to kick-start growth if autogas is going to advance.” Continue reading

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