Washington, D.C - What if the energy generated from solar panels could be used even after the sun went down? What if energy from wind farms could be used on days when Mother Nature decided to be still? Imagine if we could prevent blackouts on peak days by storing clean energy in advance. All of these could be possible with innovations in green energy storage. It’s a key to putting clean technologies on par with existing fossil fuel-based power, and securing the world’s energy future.
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This technology is aimed at improving the operation of the electric grid through the temporary storage of electrical energy with a new battery system. Steven Freilich, director DuPont Materials Science and Engineering, commented: “This program is an exciting opportunity to further advance in materials science and build on our membrane technology experience in fuel cells. These new batteries will be able to store and provide energy on demand – eventually eliminating fluctuations in our power systems.”
The collaboration of the partners is a critical element of the program’s path to success. “This ARPA-E funding provides us an opportunity to combine our strengths in batteries and fuel cells and work on an important new area, which is grid-scale storage,” said Venkat Srinivasan, scientist – Berkeley Lab, lead investigator for the project. “We believe we have a very promising solution to the storage problems for grid applications, and this will provide the seed funding required to bring our research to fruition.”
The collective goal is the same as ARPA-E – the project hopes to contribute to innovations in technology that allow for better energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new battery system will improve the reliability of current electric power transmission, enhance energy efficiency, and reduce future emissions of greenhouse gases.
“Bosch views stationary energy storage as one of the important enabling technologies for larger penetration of renewable energy sources into the national electricity grid,” said Dr. Horst Muenzel, regional president of Bosch Corporate Research North America.
In a world where energy consumption will increase by 60 percent in the next 25 years, the development of technology for clean energy that lessens our dependence on fossil fuels is a must. The collaborative science in this program will help accelerate the growth of these technologies, make them cost competitive and create green jobs along the way. Quelle: DuPont, USA