New energy storage system

According to Envirotech magazine, a new type of energy storage system could transform energy storage and decrease the charging time of EVs from hours to seconds.

A new paper published in journal Nature Chemistry, by chemists from the University of Glasgow, tells of their development of the new flow battery system using a nano-molecule. This molecule can store electric power or hydrogen gas developing a hybrid energy type storage system that can be utilised for hydrogen storage or a flow battery.

This new type of flow battery can store energy and release it on demand as electric power or hydrogen gas that is then used as fuel. A concentrated liquid encompassing the nano-molecules is made and can increase the amount of energy it stores by nearly 10 times. The energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas.

Because the material is a pumpable liquid this has the possibility to charge an EV in seconds. This could be revolutionary in the world of EVs where the charging times can be seen as an deterrence for switching to electric.

The method was developed and designed by Leroy Cronin, chair of chemistry; Mark Symes, senior lecturer in electrochemistry, both at the University of Glasgow; and Jia Jia Chen, team researcher.

The team is positive their results will help lead the way for the growth of new energy storage systems that can be used in EV, renewable energy and much more.