The puzzle that bedevils renewables in electrification is storage. We usually think of batteries as the obvious solution and that is an excellent answer in small quantities and short periods of time. The problem lies in renewables needing daylight or wind to generate power and when the base energy source sets or dies down the […]

A Tohoku University research team has 3D printed a proton exchange membrane, a critical component of batteries, electrochemical capacitors and fuel cells. The invention and increased availability of 3D printing is leading to more customizable parts at lower costs across a spectrum of applications, from wearable smart devices to autonomous vehicles. The achievement also brings […]

An International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) researcher has proposed using a combination of Mountain Gravity Energy Storage (MGES) and hydropower as a solution for long term energy storage. The background for these work is the storage of energy for long periods of time is subject to special challenges. Batteries are rapidly becoming less […]

Queen Mary University of London scientists have developed a material with spring like energy storage. The biological equivalent would be the feet of animals like eagles and even fleas. They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. The Queen Mary […]

A research team from the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research at Kyushu University has built a flow-type polymer electrolyte cell for power storage, a device to store energy in chemical form through continuous electrolysis. This already competitive energy-storage device could be used to balance out the fluctuations in renewable power supplies. Storing electricity is […]

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