Organic Mega Flow Battery: A Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

Harvard recently developed a new type of flow battery that could revolutionize mass electrical storage, rendering renewable energy resources as the final solution for reliability and sustainability.

Recently, a Harvard team reported in a paper published in Nature, a new, innovative large-scale battery that could fundamentally alter the foundation of energy storage.

The device reported is a metal-free flow battery that functions based on the electrochemistry of small organic molecules that are both abundant and inexpensive. The carbon-based molecules, otherwise called quinones, can be used to store energy much in the same way that plants and animals use similar molecules to store energy. The molecule is almost identical to similar energy store molecules utilized within rhubarb.

A systematic problem with renewable energy is the inconsistency of weather that provides sub-optimal environments for energy production, rendering the resources as unreliable and inconsistent. During down-times, minimal amounts of electricity are produced, with no current backup mechanism that ensures a consistent supply of electricity. However, thanks to the research team at Harvard, they may have solved  renewable energy shortcomings by developing a massive, economically viable battery.

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