With renewable energy increasingly being located at sea, its worth asking what offshore energy storage systems could be used alongside the wind farms and tidal and wave arrays. Photo credit: MIT
The renewable energy storage concept announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) earlier this year is quite literally a load of balls. Aimed at storing excess power from offshore wind farms, says MIT: “The key to this concept is the placement of huge concrete spheres on the seafloor under the turbines.
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The perovskite has atoms of barium (green) and lanthanide (purple) within a cobalt (pink) and oxygen (red) structure. Photo credit: MIT research team
They’re abundant, new to science and, say researchers at MIT, give the best ever performance in a reaction that is key to advanced fuel cells and lithium-air batteries. The materials are known as double perovskites and are a variant of minerals commonly found in the Earth’s crust.
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Entitled ‘From Idea to Impact – Collaborating to Meet Global Energy Challenges’, the Eighth MIT Energy Conference is scheduled to take place on March 1 and 2. Panel
topics include ‘Utility of the Future’, ‘From Coal to Gas – The Emerging Reality of Fossil Generation’, ‘Breaking the Climate Stalemate’ and ‘Energy Innovation for Development’.
The discussions will carry forward to a Friday
Night Energy Showcase at the
Boston Park Plaza Castle, a free exhibit of innovative and breakthrough energy technologies from start-up companies and academic research.