Eco Tech: MIT’s liquid battery to be made large enough for the electric grid
Eco Factor: Liquid battery to be developed to store excess renewable energy.
Back in March MIT announced the development of a liquid battery, which was fashioned using liquid metals and a liquid electrolyte between them. The battery was touted to be developed for mobile applications such as portable electronic devices and automobiles.
After gathering some major funding from ARAP-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy), the inventor now believes that instead of powering small systems, the battery can be made large enough to store excess renewable energy.
The inventor believes that the battery will be made at a size never been seen before and will enable round-the-clock power from wind and solar power stations, thereby increasing the stability of the grid. Since solar generators only work during the day and wind is stronger at night, the battery will be used to store excess energy and power the grid during downtime.