David Kirkpatrick

August 11, 2008

Potential battery storage breakthrough

If this Texas-based firm is right on the science, this is a major breakthrough in battery life. EEStor says it’s prepared to do battle with lithium-ion batteries, possibly besting the current technology’s energy density by three times.

From the link:

A Texas startup says that it has taken a big step toward high-volume production of an ultracapacitor-based energy-storage system that, if claims hold true, would far outperform the best lithium-ion batteries on the market.

Dick Weir, founder and chief executive of EEStor, a startup based in Cedar Park, TX, says that the company has manufactured materials that have met all certification milestones for crystallization, chemical purity, and particle-size consistency. The results suggest that the materials can be made at a high-enough grade to meet the company’s performance goals. The company also said a key component of the material can withstand the extreme voltages needed for high energy storage.

“These advancements provide the pathway to meeting our present requirements,” Weir says. “This data says we hit the home run.”

Also from the link:

Despite its critics, EEStor has won support from some significant corners. In addition to Lockheed Martin, venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is an investor, and former Dell Computer chairman Morton Topfer sits on EEStor’s board.

The company is also in serious talks with potential partners in the solar and wind industry, where EEStor’s technology can, according to Weir, help put 45 percent more energy into the grid. He says that the company is working toward commercial production “as soon as possible in 2009,” although when asked, he gave no specific date. “I’m not going to make claims on when we’re going to get product out there. That’s between me and the customer. I don’t want to tell the industry.”



  1. good i like this blog

    Comment by free forum — August 11, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  2. that’s interesting!

    Comment by spotabusiness.com — August 11, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  3. I have a site out there that may shed a little light on this.
    basically, I got booted from theeestory.com because I posted some public information about a Richard S. Weir. proported son of the inventor Richard D. Weir. TO sum it up, he has an internet marketting company called brownbagventures and his name also appears on some of the patents. I smell scam. also A user named Doc on theeestory.com site hired a PI to investigate claims that a production facility was currently being built in cedar park TX, all hogwash according to the detective.

    Comment by aaron — August 11, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  4. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out, but it sure sounds good. Now we just have to create windmills and solar panels with three times the output!

    Comment by Ithaca Real Estate Broker — August 11, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  5. There’s a lot of exciting research going on in alternate energy/power. Particularly with solar — here’s a link to search on this blog for all posts including the word “solar”


    Not all are about solar energy, but there’s many that cover breakthroughs on the subject. There was a very interesting one today on $1/watt cells from First Solar.

    Comment by davidkirkpatrick — August 12, 2008 @ 12:25 am

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