Renewables: What’s Next in Energy Storage Systems?

//php echo do_shortcode(‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’) ?> While more than a billion people on the planet do not have access to a power grid, we are witnessing a growing pervasiveness of small solar systems in which a solar panel and a battery are connected to constitute a system along with an electrical … Read more

Why the cost of energy is key to sustainability

//php echo do_shortcode(‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’) ?> The price of anything is proportional to the cost of the energy necessary to get that thing. Even gasoline poured into employees’ tanks and other types of energy required during the many phases of manufacturing are the true costs. In his keynote address at the … Read more

Design Considerations for Thermal Energy Harvesting

//php echo do_shortcode(‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’) ?> Energy harvesting refers to the ability to collect from the environment, or from the system itself, the energy needed to power electronics. More specifically, thermal energy harvesting converts the thermal energy collected from a heat source into electricity. The benefits of thermal energy harvesting include: … Read more

Do Solar Panels Store Energy

Many people are now turning towards solar panels to use sustainable sources for producing energy and electricity. Solar panels are affordable, easy to install and help reduce your carbon footprint. On top of that, solar panels can also help you cut down your electricity bills. But, many people have some confusion about how solar energy … Read more

Defining Digital Thread Versus Digital Twin Energy

//php echo do_shortcode(‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’) ?> In the energy sector, there is no point in nice-to-have technologies and applications; they need to build value. With a holistic approach to building the digital thread and digital twin, companies can realize improvements in project execution, operational efficiency, sustainability, and revenue. In this article, … Read more

Retired Batteries Are Viable Options for Energy Storage Systems

//php echo do_shortcode(‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’) ?> Finding a technically attractive and cost-efficient way to store energy from intermittent sources, such as solar and wind power, is a major challenge, but one with many possible solutions. Obviously, there is no single “best” solution here, as it depends on the required electrical capacity, … Read more

Energy Harvesting Brings Sustainability to the IoT

This article appeared in Microwaves & RF and has been published here with permission. Members can download this article in PDF format. What you’ll learn: Solving the IoT’s battery dilemma. New models of energy storage to extend battery life. Key industries for energy harvesting. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has cut across myriad industries, … Read more

Zinc Technology for Energy Storage

// php echo do_shortcode (‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’)?> Because of its ability to support multi-day power backups among other benefits, Zinc has increasingly become the material of choice for long-term energy storage as opposed to lithium – ion batteries, which tend to be more expensive and less efficient. Longer – duration energy … Read more

New Physics Research Unlocks Fusion Energy

// php echo do_shortcode (‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’)?> EPFL (Swiss Plasma Center) scientists have recently rewritten the fundamental plasma law for fusion, revealing that more hydrogen may be safely employed in fusion reactors, which could result in increased energy production. Fusion physics is full of excellent opportunities. As part of the European … Read more

Molten Salt for Energy Storage Gets Another Chance, Maybe

// php echo do_shortcode (‘[responsivevoice_button voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Listen to Post”]’)?> A team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed an improved molten – salt scheme for energy storage. The team claims that its “freeze – thaw battery” is a step toward creating batteries suitable for seasonal storage. Any engineer involved in the … Read more