MIT’s Breakthrough Flow Battery Design

The ability to store energy for later use is crucial to both our present and future power needs. Although many alternative energy generating systems like wind energy can produce power, storing that power using existing technologies has proven to be a challenge. Recently researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new kind of  flow battery that could help transform power storage. The new design is a “semi-solid flow cell, in which solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. In this design, the battery’s active components — the positive and negative electrodes, or cathodes and anodes — are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte.” Source MIT With this design one could simply “refuel” a battery by removing the old uncharged liquid slurry and replace  it with charged liquid material. According to the researcher Craig Carter the same technology could be combined with modern lithium-ion batteries “it would be possible to combine the basic structure of aqueous-flow batteries with the proven chemistry of lithium-ion batteries by reducing the batteries’ solid materials to tiny particles that could be carried in a liquid suspension — similar to the way quicksand can flow like a liquid even though it consists mostly of solid particles. We’re using two proven technologies, and putting them together.” Source Wired Read more about the Semi-Solid Lithium Rechargeable Flow Battery