The UltraBattery™, developed by CSIRO Energy Technology in AustraliaThe UltraBattery™ in a hybrid electric vehicle is able to deliver and absorb charge rapidly during vehicle acceleration and regenerative braking, respectively. In wind turbine applications it can also absorb the noise generated by the variation in wind speed, delivering a smooth power output.
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For both advanced automotive applications, and grid-connected wind energy applications, UltraBattery™ has shown excellent performance and has the potential to remarkably improve the economic viability, and therefore the 'uptake rate' of HEVs and better utilisation of renewable energy. This, in turn, will reduce the global consumption of fossil fuels and the production of greenhouse gas emissions.
The UltraBattery™ technology has been licensed to the Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd, Japan and the East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., USA.
Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd, the name behind BlueGen
Formed in 1992 in Australia from the CSIRO and a number of industry consortium partners, Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. (CFCL) is now leading the world in the development of fuel cell technology for stationary power generation.
CFCL has made a significant investment in its future manufacturing capabilities with a € 9.5 million fuel cell assembly plant in Heinsberg, Germany and a ceramic powder plant in Bromborough, United Kingdom.
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (UNSW) - Photovoltaic EngineeringPhotovoltaic companies linked with UNSW-developed technology form an amazing 4 of the top 6 manufacturers in 2010.
Suntech was the first of the UNSW-linked photovoltaic companies to commence production in China.
It claimed the number 1 position in the rapidly expanding market with close to 1.6 GW of photovoltaic product manufactured during the year.
Number 2 on the list of manufacturers with over 1.4 GW produced in 2010 was JA Solar.
Number 4 on the list was Trina Solar with 1.1 GW produced.
Number 6 on the list and another member of the “gigawatt” club with just over 1 GW produced in 2010 was Yingli Green Energy Holding.
Suntech manufacturing sites, located in China, Japan and the United States, follow the strictest production guidelines and are staffed by highly-trained manufacturing experts.
JA Solar designs, manufactures, and sells monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon solar cells primarily in China. It also sells the solar cells it produces to solar module manufacturers in Germany, Sweden, Spain, South Korea, and the United States.
Trina Solar is based in Changzhou, China.
Yingli Green Energy production facilities are located at Baoding, Haikou, Tianjin and Hengshui in China.
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (UNSW) - Vanadium Redox Flow BatteriesThe original vanadium battery patents were bought by an Australian company in 1998, which sold them to a Canadian company.
They were subsequently acquired by Prudent Energy in a firesale during the global financial crisis. Prudent started out as a Chinese company but is now based in US and has secured a huge amount of investment from venture capital companies and the US government stimulus package.
Prudent Energy, is the designer, manufacturer, and integrator of the patented Vanadium Redox Battery Energy Storage System (VRB-ESS®) – a large-capacity energy storage system delivering high performance with low operating costs. Founded in 2007, the Prudent Energy group of companies maintains corporate offices in Bethesda, Maryland in the United States and Beijing, China, with research, development, and assembly facilities in the United States, Canada and Asia.