Storage

Clutter has picked up Omni’s storage business; Omni to focus on rentals
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On the heels of Clutter announcing a large growth round of $200 million earlier this year, the storage startup is cleaning up the competitive field. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Clutter has purchased the storage business of erstwhile rival Omni. Omni will remain an independent company, which will now instead focus on rentals of personal […]

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How compressed-air storage could give renewable energy a boost
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Enlarge / This 110MW non-adiabatic compressed air plant in McIntosh, Alabama, has been operating since 1991. (credit: Power South) Decarbonizing the world’s electricity grids won’t be an easy task, but it is a necessary one if we’re going to mitigate some of the worst effects of climate change. Since wind and solar power are intermittent, part […]

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South Australia is fueling energy storage investment
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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 home energy […]

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Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks
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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 […]

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Flickr imposes 1,000-photo limit, drops 1TB storage for free accounts     – CNET
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SmugMug ends Yahoo’s old policy of a terabyte of free storage and its advertising-focused business.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Storage, SSD and flash drives     – CNET
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Come back at noon PT, 3 p.m. ET for a list of top deals.

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

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Red Hat Adds Zing to High-Density Storage
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Red Hat has announced the addition of high-density storage capabilities to its in-memory data management technology. The company has expanded an alliance with Azul Systems to build on their prior collaboration to provide entitlements for Azul Zing with JBoss Data Grid subscriptions. The arrangement will help customers meet speed and volume needs for their big […]

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Scientists Discover a New Way To Use DNA As a Storage Device
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Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Researchers from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland have developed a way to use bacteria to archive up to up to one zettabyte in one gram of DNA. The technique uses double-strained DNA molecules called plasmids to encode data which is stored in the Novablue strain […]

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