Jun 12, 2017 08:13 AM EDT
The complexities of the electrical grid show that the power of supply and demand must be equal at all times. Human and industrial activity is in a constant monitor for any energy fluctuation or surges. Storage technology exploration for a more suitable method of collecting and storing energy especially from renewable sources is a continuos process.
Researchers are still in a quandary as to how to assemble a device that could accommodate the second to second energy fluctuation of renewable energy from its sources. There is one that can immediately react to the energy fluctuation feature but it is not large enough to store the volume of power produced from wind and solar. Scientists are now in the development of such storage technology to address the problem of collecting energy.
The variables of energy supplies from renewable sources is the problem being addressed in a study for new storage technologies that will balance the supply and demand for the system. Energy storage technologies are also important so as not to disrupt power supply in areas far from the generation of energy, reports Union of Concerned Scientists.
The teams from the University of Arkansas, Bin Xu and Laurent Bellaiche and Jorge Iňiguez from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology published a paper on their study of antiferroelectrics for storage technology in the journal Nature Communications. The researchers show the results of their simulations using antiferroelectric materials based on Bismuth exhibiting very high energy storage densities at the capacity of 150 J/m³ indicating a very good source for electrostatic capacitors. The record shows that the storage technology will adapt power collection in a high performance, efficient, and environment-friendly method of energy storage, reports Physics.Org.
According to the teams, the future of the new storage technology will be effective due to its performance during trials of high power energy storage, high-density materials, better efficiencies, and tuning flexibility. Xu adds that the utilization of such materials may pave the way to explore other elements that could further enhance storing capabilities of renewable energy storage.
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