Case Number 114026 - Flow Battery Improvements
Contact: Doug Nienaber
Description: Solar, wind, and tidal energy are intermittent sources requiring efficient energy storage to level out the peaks and valleys. Flow batteries are ideal for such applications because their energy capacity is limited only by the size of the electrolyte tanks and they are durable over repeated charge and discharge cycles.
While the flow battery is nothing new, its incorporation into industrial uses is only just getting underway.
University of Cincinnati Professor Junhang Dong and his student Zhi Xu have developed a technology that improves the efficiency of flow batteries. Compared to existing technologies, the improved battery technology results in a battery that is more compact, operates more efficiently, and has increased durability.