Volume 94 Issue 6 | pp. 26-28
Issue Date: February 8, 2016

How Redox Flow Batteries Could Stabilize Our Electric Grids

The enormous electrochemical energy-storage devices could address the intermittency of wind- and solar-generated power that’s increasingly being adopted worldwide
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: flow battery, battery, energy storage, electric grid, vanadium

When Wei Wang gave his first presentation on redox flow batteries, at a conference on energy storage six years ago, he was given the least desirable time slot—the last one in the symposium. Only five people stayed for the talk.

“I was really downcast about the poor attendance,” recalls the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researcher. “Especially because three of the people in the audience were from my own research group,” . . .

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