Energy storage

At Baltimore University there is a project to produce an all-plastic battery. Already operational cells have been produced that have polymers as both anode and cathode with a special solid plastic gel as the electrolyte. The prime target is cars, but where cars go buildings cannot be far behind (Autocar, 28 May 1997).

The quantum leap in storage technology should emerge by around 2020 with the development of high temperature superconductors. According to the director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre at Cambridge University, there is the prospect of storing massive amounts of electricity in a ring of superconducting cables. Electricity will run around the cables with no power loss until it is needed either for the grid or a stand-alone use. These superconducting reservoirs will be ideal for storing power from intermittent renewable sources and will change the whole economic status of, for example, tidal energy (New Scientist, 26 April 1997, p. 19). At present the highest temperature at which superconductivity has been achieved is minus 70°C which represents a considerable advance towards the goal of room temperature superconductivity.

These are all systems which store chemical or kinetic energy to be converted into electricity.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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