The Future Of Renewable Energy Storage Is Here

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a breakthrough for the energy storage industry.

Using only cheap and abundant materials, the MIT team has created a battery that uses molten intermediaries as its electrodes and electrolyte. Keeping the cost low is crucial because prospective users of the technology do not care about what materials are being used, only about how much the technology will cost them. That is why the intersection of the realms of energy storage technology and liquid batteries is unprecedented.

The battery operates at a temperature of 700 degrees Celsius, or 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit. “People in the battery industry don’t know anything about electrolytic smelting in molten salts. Most would think that high-temperature operation would be inefficient,” explains Donald Sadoway, the John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry at MIT.

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