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The Future of Energy Storage

It’s true that the use of solar and wind power has been on the rise in recent years, but unfortunately, there is still one major setback. The wind doesn’t blow consistently, and the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. Consumers don’t typically limit their energy consumption to daylight hours or windy days, and while conventional batteries have provided a solution, they can only go so far.

Losses from traditional battery banks can be as high as 20%, or more when they are hooked up to a solar array. Some of the best minds have been put to solving this problem, though, and they have come up with an interesting conceptual solution. By combining solar panels and batteries, it is possible to eliminate the efficiency loss between solar panels and batteries. The technology required to facilitate this revolutionary new idea is still in the development process, but industry insiders are already excited.

It is understandable that so much excitement is being generated by advances in battery technologies. Efficient storage of solar energy is seen by some as the holy grail of energy development. With the ongoing depletion of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources, it is estimated that 27% of the world’s power will have to be supplied by solar panels within the next few decades. That’s a big leap from today’s estimates. More efficient energy storage will constitute a huge step forward toward achieving that goal.

Other recent developments in energy storage solutions include the instant battery, which can be stored for years without use, then activated by simply adding water. These new water-powered batteries weigh only half as much as their traditional counterparts and provide about the same amount of energy. Some are disposable, while others can be recharged as many as six times. Other researchers are focusing on dirt, or liquid metal, as a storage medium.

These scientific advances may sound to some more like science fiction, but many of these projects are on the brink of completion. There has never been a more exciting time to invest in the future of energy production. Those interested in learning more about revolutionary new battery technologies can visit this site for additional information.