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Breaking the Barriers for Low-Cost Energy Storage: Battery Could Help Transition to Renewable Energy

Science Daily -- A team of researchers has developed a cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly battery that could be used to store energy at solar power plants for a rainy day.

Led by Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the team developed an air-breathing battery that uses the chemical energy generated by the oxidation of iron plates that are exposed to the oxygen in the air -- a process similar to rusting.

"Iron is cheap and air is free," Narayan said. "It's the future." Details about the battery will be published July 20 in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

As currently developed, Narayan's batteries have the capacity to store between eight and 24 hours' worth of energy. His patent is pending, and both the federal government and Calif


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crreed1
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:22:34 PM

we will see
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:20:50 PM

how many batteries will we need? Are they renewable, re-cycleable? Or will they add to the junk pile that the world creates.
ican2step
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:18:35 PM

How does this help bring down gas prices?
millerin
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:17:35 PM

hmm...
millerin
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:16:33 PM

hmm...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:16:19 PM

OK
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:14:19 PM

Just like nickel-zinc, there are other batteries out there besides nickel-metal-hydride or lithium-ion.
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:10:46 PM

Seems like engineers keep coming up with great ideas but where are they
LegoVasavouchi
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:00:58 PM

Fascinating.
MusicalMan7
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:57:36 PM

Cool!
Bleeder
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:55:54 PM

This would be good to see.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:53:33 PM

Go for it!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:52:54 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:51:33 PM

The process is probably as efficient creating energy as it is time-efficient for me to watch my car rust.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:51:18 PM

Let us hope this works.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:51:18 PM

Hope similar discoveries will make electric cars more affordable.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:46:10 PM

GOOD LUCK!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:44:27 PM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:43:22 PM

Excellent! Keep the green energy market development flowing!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:43:21 PM


great if it is economical.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:41:58 PM

I hope it works out.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:41:11 PM

When a product cost more to make and to maintane. That's called a net lost of energy..: -(
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:39:29 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:39:20 PM

I'm sure these batteries are huge relative to the amount of energy stored.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:34:41 PM

It is theoretical. Is it practical?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:34:13 PM

Lets hope it works or someone else takes the idea and perfects it
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:33:12 PM

Thanks!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:31:56 PM

worth a look, hope it's not another solindra money pit
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:30:39 PM

Different approach.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:29:17 PM

Lets see it work first.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:29:13 PM

Sounds like it would require a lot of space -
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:28:06 PM

Wasn't this in the news last week? Still pie in the sky. Let them experiment all the want as long as it is not with taxpayer's money.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:26:56 PM

I guess it is a start.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:26:53 PM

It's a start
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:26:00 PM

“Still have a long ways to go.”

Indeed, but all new developments start in the laboratory, then move to feasibility testing, then pilot plants, and finally actual commercial development. A few things that get that far then achieve economies of scale and mass production. Time will tell.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:21:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:21:13 PM

When they master it, we might buy it. Not before then, Mr Obama.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:20:48 PM

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:17:30 PM

keep working on it
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:13:25 PM

Still have a long ways to go.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:12:27 PM

Interesting...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:08:17 PM

Iron and Oxygen? Rust as battery storage technology? I love it when people think outside the box and try really new things...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:02:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:59:34 PM

Whatever!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:59:21 PM

More battery, the better.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:56:27 PM

Good anything to rid ourselves of big oil and there gouging.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:55:21 PM

The problem with energy is that generation is cheap, but storage is expensive. Storage always leads to doubing, tripling, or quadrupling the cost.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:53:41 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:52:39 PM

Since 1907 people have been working on the battery for just about every use and no battery in our age will pull a semi across the states we need oil and untill we get Obama out of office we will go broke, as people and a nation!
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