New Battery Design could help solar and wind power the grid

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This post first appeared on the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory website by Mike Ross

 

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.

“For solar and wind power to be used in a significant way, we need a battery made of economical materials that are easy to scale and still efficient,” said Yi Cui, a Stanford associate professor of materials science and engineering and a member of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, a SLAC/Stanford joint institute. “We believe our new battery may be the best yet designed to regulate the natural fluctuations of these alternative energies.”

The Ideal Batteries for Grid-Scale Solar & Wind

Currently the electrical grid cannot tolerate large and sudden power fluctuations caused by wide swings in sunlight…

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