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11/8/2010 10:14 PM EST
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Code Monkey
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Code Monkey   6/15/2011 8:13:19 PM
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I was worried that A123 would be slow to ramp up, so it's good to see them hit this level of production in a relatively short time. I'm also glad an oil company didn't buy them out and suppress the LiFePO4 technology. The People's Republic of China seems to be appropriately named. Now if the US could just adopt more populist policies.

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henkmol   11/17/2010 2:00:22 PM
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Any of you have been on the EVS25 conference in Shenzhen last week? This was very enlightening for me as an engineer. I learned that Asia is moving in a direction that makes above discussions irrelevant. Especially the view from the USA is ignored there. So, stop bickering about this or that brand, get back to the facts and look over the border whats happening, here in EU and Asia. What is striking about asian development is 1. they put the money where their mouth is regarding electrical transportation, and 2. they create jobs that fulfill the needs, 3. they are with their backs against the wall regarding a massive migration wave from country villages to supercities, an unprecedented event. They are interested in local, clean, e-technology, and Japan, Europe and also US can provide good things. We have to learn to listen before we shout. Best regards Henk.

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DrQuine   11/11/2010 6:38:32 PM
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A123 has been mentioned as a source of energy storage for smart grids (e.g. in Chile) but most of the PHEV and EV cars seem to have selected other battery vendors. Are there technical considerations that favor different Lithium Ion battery technologies (e.g. A123 Nanophosphate™ technology) in different applications?

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Robotics Developer   11/10/2010 8:21:42 PM
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I welcome battery developments and hope that we can have not just recyclable batteries but rechargeable batteries that do not degrade with repeated recharging. The big hidden cost in electric vehicles and off grid power solutions is the recurring battery replacement costs. Until the technology for high capacity, high recharge/no degrading, low cost batteries has been developed we will continue to be short circuited in our quest for green power solutions. Even the best solar or wind generation needs to be stored for peak power needs and the times when darkness/no wind hinders power harvesting.

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Frozen_One   11/10/2010 7:34:55 PM
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I can't agree more about articles being just teasers for a paid version. If this trend continues, people will just see that a story is on eetimes.com and just look elsewhere. Being surrounded by ads while reading one will get old fast. I hope continuing with this model gets further thought.

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pjduncan   11/10/2010 5:12:21 PM
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Actually, Dams are great for storing energy at night. They don't need to produce excess energy at night because they can simply shut the intake gates to the turbines. Some already do, and many more could be retrofitted to pump the water back up into the reservoir at night to actually store excess energy from other sources such as wind turbines.

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pjduncan   11/10/2010 5:05:13 PM
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It will be a shame if many articles on EE Times become teasers for EE Times Confidential. It would certainly then leave a market opportunity for other technology sites that write complete articles using an ad based model or standard trade publication subscription rates. Is the fact that A123 received Energy Dept. assistance really confidential? I seem to remember having read that on numerous freely available sources.

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flexmagnum   11/10/2010 2:35:24 PM
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I believe the new age battery (denser, longer-lived and recyclable) is the key component to the next generation of power distribution in our world. We have worked for a nearly century to create a way to distribute power from geographically focused, power generation centers. The next-gen battery will allow us to store energy (from any source; old-tech or energy harvested) at the ends of this distribution network - in our garages at night and in our work's parking lots during the day, to level out the demand spikes and become one giant, evenly distributed array of "bulk caps" on a "PC board".

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sranje   11/10/2010 2:25:45 PM
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Probably of equal significance to our industry are rapid changes in battery management ICs. See, for example: -- http://www.petrovgroup.com/pdfs/BATTERY%20MANAGEMENT%20ICs%20-%20Abstract%20+%20TOC-LOF.pdf -- http://www.petrovgroup.com/pdfs/October%2021-10%20-%20Battery%20Mngmt%20ICs.pdf Boris Petrov

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CHATLIT   11/10/2010 1:09:22 PM
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Re Mr Nando's comment.One more issue often ignored is that Solar Power is not free( As is cleverly promoted) . The battery cost is the real cost for delivering power.

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