In The News

22 June 2021

Energy Storage: batteries and beyond

Better storage is the key to a cleaner energy future, so what technologies are poised to bring the breakthrough? Kerry Taylor-Smith explores the current terrain.

Forward: features are independent pieces written for Mewburn Ellis discussing and celebrating the best of innovation and exploration from the scientific and entrepreneurial worlds.

The global population is growing, and so is the demand for power – but growing just as quickly is the realisation that fossil fuels must be cut out of the generation equation.

Concerns around climate change and pollution have prompted countries around the world to turn to renewable sources for a greater proportion of their energy needs. It’s necessary in order to ‘free the environment of fossil fuel contamination, especially in the most populated cities around the world,’ explains Professor Maria Helena Braga, head of the engineering physics department at the University of Porto. ‘China, for example, is pushing the electrification of society, as it is impossible to breathe well in big cities such as Beijing.’

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