New Battery Innovation Promising For Cheap Renewable Energy Storage

Harvard University researchers have invented an new kind of “flow battery” that could be used on large-scales, such as within electricity grids, to store intermittent renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar. The research describing the new “metal free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery”, was published in the journal Nature on 9 January. To create the battery, the Harvard researchers say they have been working with a previously overlooked group of organic compounds called quinones. These can be used to make inexpensive batteries that can charge and discharge renewable energy more quickly than current batteries are able to. The researchers maintain that their new battery can work as well as existing batteries with chemistries based on metals, which are far more expensive to make. The new battery does not use a precious metal catalyst, it’s underlying chemistry is metal-free; instead, it uses the naturally abundant quinones. Quinones are water-soluble compounds that store energy in plants and animals. They are found in all green vegetables, and the molecule the researchers used is almost identical to the one in rhubarb. Because quinones are naturally abundant and water-soluble, large, inexpensive tanks could be set up to store electricity, rather than using the traditional, and more expensive solid-state batteries.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY EXPERT STOPFORD GETS £1M INVESTMENT BOOST

Energy technology expert Stopford Projects Ltd has secured £1million in funding to help drive forward its expansion plans.

LayTec's metrology system X Link wins Intersolar Award 2013!

LayTec in-line GmbH has won this year's Intersolar AWARD in the category "PV Production Technologies" for X Link – a revolutionary metrology system for non-destructive evaluation of the EVA cross-linking level immediately after lamination.

Suniva Supplies 1.1 MW of Modules for Solar Power Project in Querétaro, Mexico

Aircraft Maintenance Facility to be Powered by Suniva®

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Roosevelt Wind Project

"The Roosevelt project will be the first wind facility constructed and owned by EDF Renewable Energy in New Mexico"

Schneider Electric reinforces its position as a leader in solar utility scale market

Schneider Electric Solar Business, a global leader in PV inverters and in electrical solutions for the solar power conversion chain, has secured significant new orders for Utility Scale solar electrical equipment in Q4.

DX Engineering Now Offers Samlex America Power Supplies and Power Inverters

DX Engineering now stocks top-quality Samlex America power supplies, converters, and inverters ideal for Amateur Radio use, from small desktop setups to serious shacks.

ReneSola and Strata Solar Celebrate a Year of Over 50MW in Projects

ReneSola's 300W polycrystalline modules power numerous large-scale Strata Solar developments in 2013

Canadian Solar Connects its 10MW Solar Power Plant in the Jiangsu Province to the State Grid

Construction on the project commenced in September 2013 and grid connection was completed in December 2013.

Abengoa to develop South America's largest solar-thermal plant in Chile

The solar plant, which will use molten salts tower technology, will have an advanced storage system enabling it to generate electricity for up to 17.5 hours without direct solar radiation. ----This plant will strengthen Abengoa's position in Chile and forms part of the Chilean government's important support and commitment to renewable energy.

China to Power Ahead as Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Market Leader for Foreseeable Future, says GlobalData

Wind turbine rotor blade market value to increase from almost $2 billion in 2012 to $3.7 billion by 2020 ----Wind power considered most viable energy source by Chinese government, ‘leading to the country's ongoing dominance in the wind turbine rotor blade market,' says analyst

President's Energy Review Important Step Forward

SEIA, Vote Solar Applaud New York's Bold Solar Initiatives

The Governor confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration in today's 2014 State of the State address.

PNE WIND-Group increases wind farm development in Germany

Scottish Renewables calls for greater transparency on constraint payments

"In the interests of transparency and an open debate about the costs and benefits of all forms of electricity, it is time for the grid operator to publish details of payments to other individual sectors – not just to wind."

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