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New Battery Design Could Help Solar and Wind Power the Grid

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Low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.

“For solar and wind power to be used in a significant way, we need a battery made of economical materials that are easy to scale and still efficient,” said Yi Cui, a Stanford associate professor of materials science and engineering and a member of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, a SLAC/Stanford joint institute. “We believe our new battery may be the best yet designed to regulate the natural fluctuations of these alternative energies.”

Cui and colleagues report their research results, some of the earliest supported by the DOE’s new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research battery hub, in the May issue ofEnergy & Environmental Science.

For more on this article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424140603.htm

Source: Science Daily / University of Toronto

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