Eco friendly power on the horizon
Thursday 24th October 2019 | Phil
Whether it's batteries to store solar power, which can currently only be stored for a matter of days, or engines for cars and aeroplanes that can operate effectively and efficiently without the use of fossil fuels, scientists and engineers have been busy finding innovative ways to store energy and power engines whilst polluting less.
Here's a few of the current possibilities that may help to make daily life more and more environmentally friendly.
Although the first commercially viable lithium ion battery was created in 1985 and has been available to consumers and businesses since 1991, continual improvements in its design and composition mean that they are today used for everything from mobile phones and storing solar power to electric vehicles, whether on land or at sea. This year, three developers of the Li-Ion battery were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. It is the first battery to offer humanity the chance of a truly fossil fuel free future.
Although these batteries have in theory been around since the 1960s, very recent developments have renewed interest in this sort of battery which uses a process meaning that batteries must be replaced and recycled rather than recharged. Soon to be subject to full range testing, a former RAF, Rolls Royce, and British Aerospace engineer claims to have created an Al/Air powered engine that would offer over four times the fuel efficiency at a sixth of the cost when replacing the Li-Ion battery in a Tesla Model S.
Li-Carbon Dioxide battery
Although still a while away from being commercially viable, scientists recently figured out how to get around the problems of electrolyte decomposition and carbon build up on the catalyst, creating a prototype Li-CO2 battery capable of 500 charges. This battery offers more hope for the future with it's long term charging ability and it's potential for making use of carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere.
Hydrogen-powered/ HHO burning engine
Purporting to escape basic Netwonian and Einsteinian physics through the use of frequencies, this 'water splitting' technology can be added to existing diesel engines giving up to 30% more fuel efficiency. Further value of this engine lies in the fact that when the technology is used on it's own, it works without polluting at all emitting water as the only bi product of combustion, although an electric charge and batteries are still required to make it work. Wales based company Riversimple are looking to release a car using this technology in the next three years.
Although all of these options show immense promise and offer a future for cleaner power and energy, they alone will not be enough to bring about the changes necessary to avoid the what looks to be imminent climate breakdown of the planet.