A brand new battery expertise might present a cleaner and cheaper alternative to the poisonous chemical compounds broadly utilized in vitality storage gadgets.
Dr. Fraser Hughson, who has lately accomplished his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, is a part of a workforce that is developed a water-based electrolyte to be used in batteries.
Dr. Hughson’s analysis has centered on discovering a greener alternative to conventional batteries.
“As the move to renewable energy picks up speed, we need to find better options to store power for use at times when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow,” Dr. Hughson stated.
“From both an environmental and economic perspective, existing energy storage technologies aren’t great. They’re pricey and also contain toxic and flammable materials that can cause catastrophic damage when things go wrong.”
Lithium-ion batteries, for instance, are identified to catch hearth and explode in the event that they quick circuit and overheat.
Dr. Hughson stated the event of a water-based electrolyte that was low-cost to produce had the potential to present a much-needed alternative for the battery expertise utilized in electrical autos, together with buses and trains.
It might additionally come to substitute or complement lithium-ion batteries utilized in client items and supply an vitality storage choice for family photo voltaic programs.
Further growth of the expertise for industrial use is underway.
Along with colleagues, Dr. Hughson has arrange Allegro Energy and is the corporate’s chief expertise officer.
The firm’s preliminary focus is on creating the water-based electrolyte to be used in supercapacitors.
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