- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave China the rights to a green battery that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to develop, according to NPR.
- The vanadium redox flow battery, which can power an entire house for decades, was designed at the government-run Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before being licensed to its lead scientist for manufacturing and sale.
- Washington state-based UniEnergy Technologies saw the manufacturing and assembling of the battery slowly shift to its Chinese investor, Dalian Rongke Power Co. Ltd., in the following years.
- UniEnergy, which had been struggling to meet licensing requirements, contacted the Pacific Northwest lab in 2021 to apply for a license transfer to the Netherlands-based Vanadis Power.
- In less than two hours, the license was transferred to Vanadis, raising concerns about whether the lab or the DOE checked into the company’s background and its apparent plans to keep manufacturing in China.
- While the licensing woes unfolded, Rongke Power cemented itself as the world’s top manufacturer of vanadium redox flow batteries over the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave China the rights to a green battery capable of powering an entire house for decades which cost millions of tax dollars to develop, according to a new report.
Designed at a U.S. government lab near Seattle, the vanadium redox flow battery was manufactured by a company in Washington state called UniEnergy Technologies until last year, when a DOE license transfer effectively sealed its fate to a Chinese company.
A province in China made a strong case for renewable energy after successfully running on hydro, solar and wind power for a full week as part of a government test.
Under the trial conducted by the State Grid Corporation of China, the entire northwestern province of Qinghai used only renewable energy from June 17 to June 23.
If you always thought that fire can’t thrive on ice, it’s time for a change in perspective.
Chinese miners have successfully extracted “flammable ice” from the seafloor of the South China Sea, an event it called a “major breakthrough.”
India’s ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has something very ambitious in mind — they plan to start mining on the Moon to meet the country’s energy needs by the year 2030.
According to a report by Live Mint, the country’s leading space agency is working on a plan to mine Helium-3 rich lunar dust and bring it back to the Earth. This plan on mining dust of the moon was first revealed in February by Dr. Sivathanu Pillai.
China has become the worlds greatest producer of solar energy after doubling the nation’s photovoltaic capacity to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016.
Despite the rapid growth, solar power represents only 1% of China’s total energy output, according to Reuters.
Using his revolutionary invention, a Japanese engineer is hoping to tap into a powerful and free energy source that is relatively abundant in his local region: the typhoon.
Known to be a regular occurrence in Japan, typhoons generate massive amounts of energy and Atsushi Shimizu claims he can utilize this power.