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6,500 home battery systems were installed across Australia in 2016. In the first half of 2017 alone that number has jumped to 7,000 - with analysts predicting at least 20,000 battery installations by the end of the year.

The cost of battery system installations has dropped - mainly due to increased competition among wholesalers - but only by five per cent. So what is causing the sudden and significant uptake? The rising cost of electricity, apparently.

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For the first time, researchers say they have made a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and can reach the voltage needed to power household electronics and it doesn't come with the fire and the explosions and the arrgghh that is a risk with "some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries".

The key to this battery? The special coating.

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“The storage battery is, in my opinion, a catchpenny, a sensation, a mechanism for swindling the public by stock companies.” - Thomas Edison, 1883

When American inventor Thomas Edison made this statement, he was working on the nickel-iron battery. It became the backbone of the electric vehicle fleet of the day, before petrol took over. At the time, the lead-acid battery was in its infancy and went on to outperform Edison’s nickel-iron technology.

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There are all kinds of reasons you might want to minimise the power draw of your laptop or desktop. To save battery, of course, but also to keep your electricity bills lower and reduce your impact on the planet. Here are all the ways you can knock down the amount of power your computer is drawing.

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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.

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Tesla has just created the fastest car you can buy — and it's all thanks to the company's new 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery. The Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode is a slightly upgraded version of the Model S P90D (with a 90 kWh battery) that was released in March. But this new version can go 0-to-97km/h in just 2.5 seconds.

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The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to change the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.

CSIRO scientists, in collaboration with RMIT University and QUT, have found that pre-treating a battery's lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety, to a point where electric vehicles will soon be competitive with traditional petrol vehicles.

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Windows 10 (like its predecessor, Windows 8.1) comes with a hidden battery report feature that you can only access from the command line. The report provides detailed readouts on the usage, status, and health of your laptop's battery. It can be an invaluable tool in making sure your system's running smoothly and spotting power problems before they get serious.

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Tesla's Powerwall is a 7kWh lithium-ion battery designed to store excess energy, whether it's off the grid or from a home's solar panels. For such a simple concept, the Powerwall has quickly drawn a lot of attention, with some pundits predicting big implications for the energy industry. The Powerwall is not the first or only innovation in battery storage technology we've seen, though — and it certainly won't be the last.

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Whether you've upgraded to Windows 10 on your laptop or bought a brand new machine, you're going to want to eke out as much battery juice as you can while you're on the go. Microsoft's shiny new OS includes a new native battery saver feature — and there are a few other tricks you can pull to make sure your laptop lasts until you can find a power socket.