Batteries improving energy storage

The UltraBattery has potential applications in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and as energy storage for renewable energy systems–such as solar and wind power.

Better Batteries Coming No Jitter |  By Gary Audin, Delphi, Inc. | Jan 6, 2011,  Batteries will be improving mobile device energy storage soon. These battery improvements will significantly increase the use of and operating life of a wide range of mobile devices.

The “Dominion Energy Advisor,” a publication put out by one of the country’s leading energy companies, recently published an article, “Charging Ahead: Advances in Battery Technology,” that is excerpted below (reprinted with permission):……..In our increasingly mobile society, advanced energy storage is more important than ever. Batteries are used for plug-in vehicles, consumer electronics, renewable energy storage, back-up power, implantable medical devices, and a host of commercial and industrial applications. There is great demand for batteries that are smaller, last longer, and are more powerful………….A new hybrid battery technology combines the energy storage capacity of batteries with the nearly endless life cycle of supercapacitors to create a powerful new energy storage device. Supercapacitors store energy by physically separating positive and negative charges–unlike the chemical reaction used by batteries. Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the national science agency of Australia, have developed the UltraBattery, which merges a supercapacitor with a traditional lead-acid battery. Tests have shown that the UltraBattery has a life cycle that is four times longer and produces 50% more power than conventional battery systems.

The UltraBattery has potential applications in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and as energy storage for renewable energy systems–such as solar and wind power.

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