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Alencon awarded patent for bi-directional storage optimizer

The patent pertains to its Bi-Directional Optimizer for Storage Systems, which was part of a 2020 study with Duke Energy about retrofitting standalone solar plants with storage.

Startup Sunday: Al Gore vehicle arms Octopus with $600m

Also starting up: SolaBlock tapped for sustainability challenge prize, and BlueDot Photonics closes a $1 million funding round.

Long-duration flow battery tech wins DOE funding

Four energy storage companies were awarded $18 million as part of the Energy Department’s Long Duration Storage Shot.

Startup Sunday: Alkaline battery tech eyed for large-scale storage

Also starting up: Battery maker EnerVenue raises $100 million, and Glydways has raised $40 million to advance solar-powered EVs for Silicon Valley.

Clean energy catalyst program announces funding awards

The program supports clean energy innovation and technology development across Massachusetts. Here are some of the recent cash awardees in solar and energy storage.

Trina Solar improves efficiency of 210 mm PERC solar module

The panel achieved a power conversion efficiency of 23.5%.

Partners turn to blockchain to expand solar module recycling

The technology is being developed in Japan and should be able to inspect solar modules to provide data on traceability and components used.

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Perovskite-silicon tandems could rapidly scale solar

Halide perovskites combined with conventional silicon could help solar break the 26% efficiency barrier, disrupting the technology without disrupting business systems.

Lithium-metal battery with capacity retention of 88% over 1,000 cycles

German scientists have applied a new combination of cathodes and electrolytes to improve the stability of lithium-metal batteries. They fabricated a device with an energy density of 560 watt-hours per kilogram and a Coulombic efficiency of 99.94%.

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New class of photocatalyst has implications for hydrogen fuel production

A group of scientists at Shoolini University have highlighted the potential of covalent organic frameworks, which have a range of properties that may have applications for green hydrogen production.

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