Flow Batteries are rechargeable storage units that store energy by using chemicals dissolved in liquids contained in two tanks that are separated by a membrane.
As you can guess, the ingredients used to make these batteries are often flammable, toxic and don’t have a long shelf life either.
Not to mention, that the cost of making these batteries is quite high when you compare it to the capacity and performance that we get out of them.
To make these batteries more efficient and cheaper, lots of researchers have been experimenting with various types of materials that could be used in this design.
As part of this mission, researchers at Harvard University have come up with a new way to create flow batteries by using organic Vitamin B2 Molecules.
In case you don’t know, Vitamin B2 is what our body uses to store all the energy released by the food we eat. Therefore it is the perfect candidate for use in energy storage.
In addition to it’s natural propensity for energy storage, these molecules are also non-toxic, non-flammable, and can be produced at a low cost, which is a great way to reduce the price of production.
Now that the researchers have found what they are looking for, their focus will now shift to constructing and testing prototype batteries that will be used to supplement renewable energy production, such as on wind and solar farms.
This brings us one step closer to our dreams of having access to completely safe and sustainable power production systems for all our energy needs.