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The most powerful energy storage outside of nuclear 2010-Jul-07 at 14:16 PDT

Posted by Scott Arbeit in Blog.
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Solar power, is, as I constantly point out, right on schedule to be able to support all of Earth’s energy needs within 20 years (think exponential growth curves in nanotechnology-based manufacturing).  Along with solar, though, has to come a corresponding improvement in battery technology, since, you know, the sun doesn’t shine at night.

From Super battery is most powerful energy storage ever (besides nuclear power), by Boonsri Dickinson, 06-July-2010:

Washington State University researchers created a super battery.

Using similar pressures to what is found in the center of the earth, the researchers created a new material that could store unprecedented amounts of energy.

“If you think about it, it is the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy,” says Choong-Shik Yoo, a WSU chemistry professor and lead author of results published in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Is this ready for consumer production?  Of course not.  Is this yet another indication of the advances that continue to speed up in researching these topics?  You bet it is.

We need battery just as much as we need solar, and this is the kind of advancement that’s going on today, all over the world, in pure materials research.



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