Samsung’s next smartphones may have new 1TB storage chip inside

Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Smartphones hold most of our lives now in photos, videos, music, and more, and Samsung’s latest tech will make it so they can store even more. The Korean manufacturer announced that it has created the first 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) chip for smartphones, which will allow future handsets to have […]

Ford’s 2020 Explorer Hybrid adds range without losing storage capacity

While Ford already revealed its redesigned Explorer SUV, today at the Detroit Auto Show we’re learning more about the new Hybrid version. Ford claims that this year it’s introducing a whole slew of hybrid vehicles that combine performance and extended range via their efficiency, and this one is just the first. While we don’t have […]

South Australia is fueling energy storage investment

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$ 100 million (USD $ 72 million) fund to help households purchase […]

Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. (credit: Energy Vault) A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, and stores energy much like pumped hydro does, but it does it with bricks. If […]

Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. (credit: Energy Vault) A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, and stores energy much like pumped hydro does, but it does it with bricks. If […]

US carrier promo offers free iCloud storage to iPhone upgraders

Apple isn’t known for offering virtually any promos to iPhone buyers, let alone iCloud users, but it’s making exceptions for both ahead of the 2018 iPhones. Reddit users have discovered a promo that lets subscribers to the four major US carriers get two months of 200GB of iCloud storage for free. The campaign is clearly […]

Tesla strikes another mammoth energy storage deal in California

Enlarge / A collection of Powerpacks deliver 20MW/80MWh next to the Mira Loma substation in Southern California. (credit: Megan Geuss) Late last week, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) asked the state to approve four lithium-ion battery storage projects. Three of which would be owned and operated by a third party, and one, built […]

Liquid-air energy storage: The latest new “battery” on the UK grid

Enlarge / A view of the Pilsworth Liquid Air Energy Storage system (credit: Highview Power) A first-of-its-kind energy-storage system has been added to the grid in the UK. The 5MW / 15MWh system stores energy in an unusual way: it uses excess electricity to cool ambient air down to -196°C (-320°F), where the gases in […]

Nissan follows Tesla with an all-in-one solar storage package

After making strides in the electric car market, Nissan has set its sights on the home. The company recently debuted its redesigned Leaf electric car and continues to push its xStorage battery, but now it wants to combine its two great loves under one roof. That’s what the Nissan Energy Solar scheme — the company’s […]