Proposed Battery Revolutionizes Century-Old Technology

Wednesday - 7/21/2010, 2:29pm EDT

The University of California San Diego along with General Atomics are about to begin work on developing a new kind of flow battery technology that pumps chemicals through a battery cell when electricity is needed. The development of the battery would revolutionize current century-old lead-acid battery technology - creating low cost, high efficiency and reliability needed for use on the smart electrical power grid. This project is receiving $2 million dollars in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy and APRA-E, the Advanced Project Research Agency devoted to Energy research.

The goal is the production of a battery that can be scaled for grid-scale energy storage but which costs less and performs far longer than current technologies.