Energy Department Aims To Drive Down Battery Costs by 90%

Energy Department Aims To Drive Down Battery Costs by 90%

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced the department’s new goal of reducing the cost of grid-scale, long-duration energy storage by 90% within the coming decade.  The announcement is the second part of the agency’s Energy Earthshots Initiative and, as Utility Dive explained, is dubbed the Long Duration Storage […]

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Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which the government is making significant investments in to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists argue that the Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada will do more harm than good. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing two major crises: global temperature rise and biodiversity loss. In the U.S., investing in renewable energy and electric power has been identified by experts as the quickest path to net-zero emissions and preventing catastrophic temperature rise.

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Future of EV Batteries from CA’s Salton Sea and the Shores of Lake MI

Future of EV Batteries from CA’s Salton Sea and the Shores of Lake MI

New electric vehicle battery capacity is cropping up across the U.S. — places like the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power in California’s Imperial Valley where they are extracting lithium from the Salton Sea, and Ion Park, a “pilot facility” where Ford Motors will eventually produce batteries.

Why This Matters:  With EV sales expected to increase, particularly given the Biden Administration’s emphasis on their development, lithium is in such high demand that experts refer to it as “white gold.

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Achtung, fertig, los! Volkswagon Jumps into the EV Battery Wars

Achtung, fertig, los! Volkswagon Jumps into the EV Battery Wars

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Volkswagon, the world’s second-largest car company by sales announced this week that it would take aim at reducing the cost of eclectic vehicle batteries. According to the Verge, Volkswagon aims to: Reduce the costs of producing its batteries by up to 50%. Build multiple battery factories around the world. […]

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Volvo Announces Move to 100% EVs by 2030 As White House Talks Charging Infrastructure

Volvo Announces Move to 100% EVs by 2030 As White House Talks Charging Infrastructure

Volvo announced on Tuesday that it will move to make its entire car line-up fully electric by 2030, joining other big automakers, including Ford and Jaguar, in taking a green leap of faith. Until this month, Volvo only offered one fully electric vehicle, but unveiled its second, the C40, on Tuesday. 

Why This Matters: As more companies commit to 100% electric fleets, they’re solidifying a harsh reality for the fossil fuel industry: its number is almost up.

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Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

The world is becoming more and more like The Matrix every day, at least in one particular way: scientists have figured out how to use the human body as a battery. No, your body can’t produce enough energy to create a global simulation, but it can produce enough heat to charge wearable devices like smartwatches and implants like pacemakers. 

Why This Matters: Battery production and disposal have been problematic for decades. Mining for rare earth metals like such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and lithium threatens environments and communities across the globe.

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