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A prototype of a battery that could tap into the mix of salty seawater and freshwater at wastewater treatments plants

A prototype of a battery that could tap into the mix of salty seawater and freshwater at wastewater treatments plants

Stanford University scientists have tested a prototype of a battery that could tap into the mix of salty seawater and freshwater — known as “blue energy” — at wastewater treatments plants. Christopher Carbone explains in an article on the New York Post website.   Scientists develop way to turn wastewater into affordable, renewable energy Researchers … Continue reading

Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

One of Britain’s major grocery chains has completed trials that show chiller aisles offer possibility of being ‘virtual battery’ for the national grid system.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article in The Guardian.   Cool running: supermarket fridges could help power UK Supermarket freezer aisles could soon help power the National Grid after trials found … Continue reading

Innovative new approach to batteries

Innovative new approach to batteries

A new potassium-ion battery system shows promise according to Joshua Lewis, a PhD student studying chemical physics at the University of Cambridge, writing in the physics world website Water-based batteries enable a green energy future A cheap, safe, and effective potassium-ion battery system with promising characteristics has been described in a Nature Energy article by … Continue reading

Phones without batteries? What next?

Phones without batteries? What next?

Practically every day we are reading about new innovations. Now we find out that our mobile phones may not even need a battery.  Andrew Griffin explains in an article on The Independent website.  What next?   Scientists make huge step towards making phones without batteries Scientists have made a huge breakthrough that allows them to … Continue reading

Breakthrough in charging batteries

Breakthrough in charging batteries

Researchers have questioned long-held magnetic coupling beliefs to create the first ever device that behaves like a diode for magnetic fields. The work could forever change how we charge batteries. Loukia Papadopoulos explains in an article on the Interesting Engineering website.   Energy Efficiency Breakthrough Defies 156-Year-Old Law of Physics Researchers at the University of … Continue reading

Important advances in energy storage

Important advances in energy storage

Ivan Penn writes in the New York Times about the use of zinc batteries for energy storage. Making the batteries rechargeable and lowering their cost are seen as important advances in enabling the electric grid to depend on power from renewable sources.   How Zinc Batteries Could Change Energy Storage Over the past six years, … Continue reading

New development to speed up charging batteries

New development to speed up charging batteries

Our modern lives are increasingly dependent on batteries, whether for our smart phones or our energy systems.  Layal Liverpool writes in The Guardian about a new discover that could accelerate adoption of electric cars and solar energy, as well as helping to recharge your smartphone in minutes.   Cheap material could radically improve battery charging … Continue reading