Storage is the word of the moment in the energy industry. Since Tesla unveiled its Powerwall, politicians, commentators and industry have hyped storage – and particularly batteries – as the solution for getting more renewable energy into electricity grids and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
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On Wednesday, web developer Rick Bross was faced an unusual problem. His electric skateboard's battery malfunctioned, filling his entire apartment with smoke and scaring the hell out of his roommate. The incident was just one of two recent cases involving Boosted Boards, a brand of electric skateboards, where the batteries spontaneously "vented", a non-technical term used by the company to describe an electrical engineering problem also known as thermal runaway that causes batteries to overheat and potentially explode.
If you find yourself having to fix a plumbing leak in the middle of the night, the last thing you want is your work light falling over in the middle of the job. So Ridgid's new task light, which looks like a floating buoy, features a rounded, weighted base ensuring that even if it does get knocked over, it will automatically stand back up again.
Back in June, after installing a new lithium-ion battery into its ape-inspired RoboSimian and plugging it into charge, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had their lunches cut short when the battery suddenly exploded in a spectacular fireball that completely torched the bot.
You'd expect that Alan Noble, Google's engineering director for Australia and New Zealand, would be a bit of a tech-head. And yes, he is: he's just had an off-the-grid solar and battery energy storage system set up at his rural South Australian property, using cells designed by Aussie company Redflow for a much lower cost than actually connecting the entire property to the national energy grid.
The Samsung Gear VR is one of the easiest ways to experience virtual reality, but some users are learning that convenience comes with its costs. Owners of Samsung phones such as the S6, S6 Edge, S7 and S7 Edge are reporting that Oculus app is destroying their phone's battery life.
Tesla has been selected to build the largest lithium-ion battery solution in the world near Los Angeles. It will "hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households for a day or charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles," the company says.
If you want to buy a new phone in 2016, then apart from the price and the size of the screen, a phone's battery — how long it lasts, how big it is, and whether you can swap it out — is probably going to be one of your chief concerns. Some phones have removable batteries, and some don't. Here's the difference, why it matters, and whether it's worth putting a replaceable battery at the top of your wishlist.
The world is full of inventions that science doesn't entirely understand the fundamental inner workings of. Batteries, for instance. Sure, it's not magic, but there are still a few details that we can't completely explain. Though we're a step closer thanks to a team from Stanford University in the US.
You're plugging along with 3 per cent battery and that Snorlax is one block away. Then, less than a minute later your phone is dead, the Snorlax is gone, and you are miserable. There are a two reasons for this. One: you're playing Pokémon Go and need to stop. Two: figuring out how your battery holds a charge is less science and more witchcraft.
Smartphones and tablets are being used more frequently in the battlefield, and that means that battery power is more important than ever. Soldiers often carry spare battery chargers in the 40kg combat packs they carry into war zones, but the batteries are often lost or broken. BAE Systems wants to help lighten the load with its new system that lets soldiers plug electronics directly into their clothing.
Just because you're stuck raising a kid until they turn 18 doesn't mean you have to live with a dead phone. 4moms' new Moxi stroller has a killer feature for parents who are balancing raising a kid while posting endless baby photos to Instagram — generators built into the rear wheels that feed power to a USB port in the handle.