(Science 2.0) When it comes to organic, the last thing you expect is cheap but a new battery may end up being just that.
USC researchers have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting and made from cheap, eco-friendly components. It used no metals or toxic materials and is intended for use in power plants. Power plants are not in the storage business, they are in the generation business, but if solar and wind power become viable we are going to need high-capacity storage to even out the ups and downs of Mother Nature.
"The batteries last for about 5,000 recharge cycles, giving them an estimated 15-year lifespan," said Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at USC. "Lithium ion batteries degrade after around 1,000 cycles, and cost 10 times more to manufacture."
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