Scana Energy announced it is suspending production of battery technology that was designed to use a mixture of CO 2 and hydrogen.
Scana said the batteries will be replaced with batteries that use a blend of CO 3 and hydrogen instead.
The announcement comes less than a week after the US Department of Energy (DOE) gave the green light to the development of the new batteries, which would use the same technology Scana developed.
“This decision will have a major impact on our operations,” Scana CEO James Waggoner said in a statement.
The batteries are designed to produce energy by capturing CO 2 emitted from power plants and storing it in batteries.
Scans showed that the batteries could store up to 15% of their capacity over a 10-year period, according to a Scana statement.
Scanas batteries were first unveiled in 2016.
The company has been working on a range of batteries for a few years, but this was the first time it had the chance to develop batteries for use in vehicles.
“We’re excited about our new batteries,” said Mark Weisbrod, Scana’s senior vice president of engineering.
“They are a major advance for our automotive industry.”
Scana, based in California, was founded in 1998.
The energy storage technology is being developed by an Italian company called SCANA Energy, which has been awarded a contract by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SCANA said the new battery technology would reduce energy consumption by 40% in vehicles by using the CO 2 captured from the electricity grid and converting it to hydrogen.
The battery is being designed to work with existing batteries and future energy storage technologies.
Scavana, which is currently working on the batteries for vehicles, said the energy storage system would work with a wide range of battery technologies.
“Our goal is to provide batteries for electric vehicles in the near future,” Weisbront said in the statement.
“The Scana energy batteries will enable the adoption of a new battery manufacturing process that will reduce the cost of energy storage by up to 40%.”
The Scavanas new energy batteries are the first in a long list of innovative energy storage systems from Scana and the automotive industry, which together will create more than 10,000 jobs and generate nearly $6 billion in economic impact,” he said.
Scena’s energy storage batteries will help to cut the cost and time needed to install and operate batteries, according the company.
The companies said that the new technology is more efficient than existing batteries. “
However, we expect that in the future the technology will be applied to a range and/or vehicle configuration,” Weesbrod said.
The companies said that the new technology is more efficient than existing batteries.
“It’s the most efficient of any of our energy storage solutions in the market today,” said Weisbrend.
Scavenger Scana also said it has been “proud to have been part of the team that has been developing this innovative technology for more than two decades.”
“We believe that the SCANA battery technology will significantly accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable, low-carbon and environmentally friendly energy storage in the transportation sector, and will make our customers safer and more environmentally conscious,” he added.
The Scavans new energy battery has been approved for testing and is scheduled for commercialization in 2021.
Scripps Howard News Service