Is There a Future for Battery Powered Vehicles?

Many people expect the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to disappear over the next decade, and be replaced with battery powered vehicles (BEVs). But could the opposite be true? Perhaps BEVs will disappear. Table 1 shows the basic estimated cost information Continue reading Is There a Future for Battery Powered Vehicles?

Is Tesla Gigafactory a Bad Investment?

Let the battle begin. It pits liquid filled Lithium-ion batteries against solid state Lithium batteries. The Department of Energy has established a goal of $125/kWh for EV batteries. Currently, many cite the rating of current EV batteries as being around Continue reading Is Tesla Gigafactory a Bad Investment?

The Quest for Storing Electricity

It’s generally accepted that wind and solar require storage if they are to be utilized on the grid without the very expensive cost of back-up power, such as from gas turbines. California has issued a mandate requiring the addition of Continue reading The Quest for Storing Electricity

Storage is Essential for Wind and Solar

  Electricity must be generated as it’s being used, so that demand and supply are always kept in balance. This is a critical factor with respect to unreliable, wind and solar. When the wind stops blowing or the sun stops Continue reading Storage is Essential for Wind and Solar

Best and Worst in Energy Arena

We are only a few years into the 21st century, but already there are important hits and misses, or successes and failures in the energy arena. In view of the media frenzy surrounding energy, it might be interesting to review Continue reading Best and Worst in Energy Arena

Batteries, the Achilles Heel

Batteries, the Achilles Heel   The sale of EVs and PHEVs has been sluggish, probably because of the high cost of the battery. The 16 kWh battery for the Volt, for example, costs around $10,000, while the 24 kWh battery Continue reading Batteries, the Achilles Heel