Rust could lead to solar technology breakthrough

A team of researchers have made a discovery that could lead to large-scale solar energy storage. The discovery, made by a team of Stanford University engineers, is based on the fact that heating metal oxides, like rust, could be the basis for building a solar-powered battery; a solar technology that would result in the production and storage of electricity by separating the oxygen and hydrogen atoms that create water. In other words, rust and other ordinary metal oxides can be fashioned into solar cells able to split water into oxygen…

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Underwater balloons could provide renewable energy storage

A Canadian startup has invented a pressurized underwater balloon system that can store renewable energy. Hydrostor, a Toronto-based Canadian startup, has said that it has created a renewable energy storage solution that is a system of pressurized underwater balloons, which cannot only store energy generated by renewable sources until it is needed, but can also last two times as long as the current best batteries and at a far cheaper cost. The energy storage system could lower the need for traditional energy sources as backup power sources. Traditional energy sources,…

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Daimler recycles electric car batteries for energy storage

Daimler AG intends to create massive power storage systems for commercial use. The German multinational automotive corporation has announced that it intends to reuse its used lithium-ion batteries from plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) to create huge energy storage systems. The first of these storage systems will not only be designed for commercial use, but will also be the world’s largest to be powered by batteries from EVs. This first storage unit will consist of 1,000 EV batteries. According to a report from Computerworld, the “2nd use battery storage…

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Researchers develop new low cost battery for green energy storage

A battery made of low cost materials could make storing renewable energy more feasible. A study recently published in the ACS’ journal Chemistry of Materials, reveals that researchers have developed a battery for renewable energy storage, with an energy density that is practically identical to a lithium-ion battery. The battery was built using sodium and magnesium, low cost materials that could make the process of storing energy more affordable. Without storing electrical power from renewable sources, energy can be lost. Renewable energy is gaining ground, with more and more renewable…

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New battery technology could be cost-effective renewable energy storage solution

Clean energy storage may have gotten greener and cheaper. A research paper published in the journal Science reveals that a team of Harvard researchers have developed an innovative battery technology by removing toxins from a flow battery, which they claim can store renewable energy in a safe, non-flammable, non-toxic, and cheap way. An eco-friendly flow battery could be important to the future. Energy and resource issues are a growing problem that many, including members of the Harvard research team, believe will only become worse in the coming years. However, the…

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New renewable energy storage system unveiled in Oregon

Solar Energy Project

Oregon to serve as home to new renewable energy storage system When it comes to renewable energy, storage is a major issue. Conventional storage methods concerning electrical power are designed to suit the needs of conventional energy systems, not new systems that generate power from sunlight or wind. As such, much of the renewable energy being fed into an existing energy grid is lost in the process, leading to efficiency problems that often attract a great deal of criticism to the world of clean power. In Oregon, however, a new…

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Offshore wind energy problems may be solved through new approach on storage

Offshore Wind Energy

MIT takes on the issue of wind energy storage Wind is unpredictable, but represents a promising source of energy if it can be harnessed. Wind energy has grown to become one of the most significant sectors of renewable power in the world, despite the fickle nature of wind itself. As wind energy begins to play a more integral role in the energy structure of several countries, finding ways to more reliably harness the power of wind is becoming a more important task. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)…

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Renewable energy storage problems may be solved with the help of a new battery design

Stanford University - Hydrogen Fuel Cells Research

New battery could make renewable energy more favorable to modern energy grids Renewable energy is becoming a more popular concept throughout the world. More countries are beginning to embrace renewable energy for economic and environmental purposes, but are still faced with significant challenges when it comes to actually using clean power. One of the most significant of these challenges involves storage and how clean energy can be fed into existing energy grids. Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in the U.S. may have found a way…

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Germany set to launch new renewable energy storage initiative

Germany Renewable Energy

Germany continues showing its strength on the renewable energy front Germany is quickly establishing itself as a leading power in the realm of renewable energy. As the country begins to make more use of solar, wind, hydrogen fuel, and other forms of clean power, the need for comprehensive and efficient storage systems is becoming more apparent. In February of this year, the country began focusing more heavily on improving the battery storage technology that was being used for its various solar energy systems. Now, Germany is set to debut the…

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Acta joins hydrogen fuel project on Isle of Wight

Hydrogen Fuel Isle of Wight

Acta joins EcoIsland Partnership to make advances in hydrogen fuel Acta, a developer of renewable energy products such as hydrogen fuel cells, has joined the EcoIsland Partnership in the United Kingdom. EcoIsland is an initiative to transform the British Isles into renewable energy havens. The first island t hat is targeted by the initiative is the Isle of Wight, which is on track to becoming completely self-sufficient by the end of 2020. In joining EcoIsland, Acta aims to introduce new domestic hydrogen fuel cell systems to the Isle of Wight.…

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