26 Apr '15, 7pm

The new battery that could power the renewable revolution

The new battery that could power the renewable revolution

If this new battery lives up to expectations, it could propel a whole new chapter in the renewable takeover of the world's energy supply. Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting, inexpensive - and safe. Its inventors including Hongjie Dai, professor of chemistry at Stanford, believe it could replace other battery technologies in a wide of applications from electic cars to storing power from solar panels to keep homes powered at night, and stabilising the power grid. All these uses will help to drive the renewable energy revolution that's already under way, as variable power sources like wind and solar replace fossil fuel generation year by year. As higher proportions of variable output renewables come onto the grid, it's increasingly imporant to store electricity surpluses efficiently so th...

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