Maxwell Technologies has joined up with Soitec for a project to demonstrate the benefits of combining the former’s ultracapacitor energy storage with the latter’s concentrated solar technology, reports NewNet. The project, which has already started, is being bankrolled by a USD$1.39m contract from the California Energy Commission’s Research and Development programme, and will run until November 2015.
The California Energy Commission has unanimously adopted a 2013-2014 investment plan update that includes a focus on energy storage as part of support for the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The 2013-2014 plan update allocates USD$100m to projects including:
- $20m for hydrogen fueling infrastructure. An estimated 68 stations are needed to support the anticipated rollout of these vehicles in 2015-2017. Roughly 24 stations are built or in development.
- $15m for medium- and heavy-duty electric truck and hybrid vehicle demonstration projects.
- $7m for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Workplace, fleet and multi-unit dwelling projects will be given priority.
- $5m for light-duty plug-in electric vehicle rebates to meet high demand for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program administered by the California Air Resources Board.
- $5m for manufacturing projects, supporting economic development and clean transportation technology.
- $4m to emerging opportunities. This allocation is not specifically tied to any single fuel or technology type, with a priority for projects that can leverage federal funding.
“Investing in advanced technologies is a smart move that will ensure California benefits economically from a growing clean-transportation industry,” said Alex Fay, business development manager for Quallion, a battery manufacturer based in Los Angeles County.