Power & Energy

Standford University establishes water based battery for storing renewable resources in a cost effective way


Stanford university researchers have come up with an innovative water-based battery for storing up wind and solar energy in a cheap way for the times of crisis. When sun shines and wind blows, this battery stores the energy and redistribute during high demand times.

It utilizes a cheap salt magnesium sulphate, which goes through different chemical processes to store the extra form of hydrogen gas. A mixture made with special salt and electrode creating a reversible chemical reaction which stores hydrogen gas. Manganese-hydrogen battery is such a technology which is the lost piece of the energy puzzle. It is a way to store up unpredictable wind and solar energy without the need of burning non renewable fossil fuels. A power source is attached to the battery which can mimic the power fed by wind and the solar energy.

Engineers are already aware of methods which would re-create electricity out of the hydrogen gas, so team from Stanford University aspires to make the battery rechargeable.

Despite the shift towards renewable resources of energy, international energy agency data shows that still 80% power resources are taken from non renewable fossil fuels. This is a major contribution of carbon monoxide which led to global warming.

This water-based battery aspires to develop the variability of the different renewable energy sources. Sunlight and wind can be used as a backup during the times when energy is in demand. The device works in a very cost effective way to ensure adequate power supply during crisis period.


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