A new combination of materials developed by Stanford researchers may aid in developing a rechargeable battery able to store the large amounts of renewable power created through wind or solar sources. With further development, the new technology could deliver energy to the electric grid quickly, cost effectively and at normal ambient temperatures.
The technology – a type of battery known as a flow battery – has long been considered as a likely candidate for storing intermittent renewable energy. However, until now the kinds of liquids that could produce the electrical current have either been limited by the amount of energy they could deliver or have required extremely high temperatures or used very toxic or expensive chemicals.
The research team includes Antonio Baclig, a 2013 Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Stanford Graduate Fellow and SPICE funding recipient, and Andrey Poletayev, a 2015 Illich-Sadowsky Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering.