A group of chemists working to improve the flow battery has found inspiration in an unusual place: the forest floor. A research group at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, described how his group has adapted a compound made by mushrooms to improve the stability of flow batteries.
Birmingham, Alabama’s Southern Research this week opened the new Energy Storage Research Center on its engineering campus. The center’s aim is to speed the development of the next generation of clean and sustainable energy storage technology. It will test chemical, mechanical and thermal energy storage systems. It will also allow research and development from the electric utility industry, academics, government and other entities.