Stanford Battery With Renewable E-Power
|Source: Stanford -Stanford University Professor Yi Cui and his innovative battery|
This Water-based Tech Could Forward Renewable Solar and Wind Energy
A Stanford University research team has developed a water-based battery that could provide an inexpensive way to store excess wind and solar energy. They believe the energy can be fed back to the electric grid and redistributed on high demand. The team is led by Stanford Professor Yi Cui. This could be very important for expanding the use of renewable energy.
Water-Based Battery Grid
Water-based batteries are becoming a reality and could be part of future power plants. The scientists believe they can build their table top technology into an industrial grade system that could charge and re-charge up to 10,000 times. That would create a grid scale battery with a lifespan in excess of 10 years.
The Missing Link in the Energy Puzzle
Professor Cui believes this water-based battery could be one of the missing links in the energy puzzle. Essentially, it's a way to store unpredictable wind and solar energy in order to reduce the need to use carbon polluting fossil fuels when renewable sources aren't available. The battery prototype is just 3 inches tall and can generate 20 milliwatt hours of electricity, which is similar to the energy level of small LED flashlights.
Extremely Inexpensive Energy Source
Importantly, it will cost a penny to store enough energy to power a 100 watt lightbulb for 12 hours. And, that's just the start of this energy innovation that has the potential to go industrial scale.