New Battery, New Hope


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To date, cheap natural gas has helped fill gaps in the power supply when wind and solar installations are not producing enough electricity. Developing more affordable, longer-lasting battery storage has been a major hurdle to the large-scale deployment of renewable energy, and a game changer - if developed - as well.

In late September, the world's first scalable air breathing, zinc rechargeable battery system was unveiled at the One Planet summit by the Arizona-based technology company NantEnergy. It's the breakthrough after its six-year mission funded by the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Energy. Using just zinc and air, the manufacturing cost is claimed to be below $100 kWh, compared to the $190 per kWh cost of Tesla's Model 3 battery pack and $205 per kWh for General Motors' 2017 Chevrolet Bolt battery. And it is to operate this intelligent digitally controlled system on a global scale, providing a competitive source of energy compared to other energy storage technologies, making carbon free energy affordable and accessible in developing countries

"This is a game changer," Yogi Goswami, director of the Clean Energy Center at the University of South Florida, told the Times. "You have to have storage."

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