Could flow batteries back up electric grids?

03/25/2013 | New Scientist

An onion farm in Oxnard, Calif., is using a flow battery to supply 600 kilowatts of electricity over a six-hour period, saving the farm substantial amounts of money. To power flow batteries, two aqueous electrolytes held in different tanks are pumped through a membrane into a separate chamber, causing a chemical reaction that produces electrons. Flow batteries may be more cost-effective in the long run and safer to manage than lithium-ion batteries, they're also expensive and difficult to maintain. However, manufacturers are confident that with additional testing, they'll be able to soon introduce them to the mainstream.

View Full Article in:

New Scientist

Published in Brief:

SmartBrief Job Listings for Education

Job Title Company Location
Consultant - Los Angeles, CA (Full-time)
Insight Education Group
Encino, CA
Senior Turnaround Consultant (Job ID: 8274)
American Institutes of Research
Chicago, IL
Principal
Visible Men Academy
Bradenton, FL
Director, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Europe
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
Sembach
Senior Researcher\/Technical Assistance Consultant (8264)
American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC