Sun, wind, and other sources of so-called renewable energy are to replace oil, coal, natural gas, and also nuclear power. In order to protect our climate or, rather, to slow down climate change, and under the impression of the Fukushima catastrophe, the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany have set themselves partly different, but by all means ambitious targets.
Due to the trivial fact, that sun and wind are not always available when we need electricity, research and development aiming at efficient electricity storage becomes more and more important, as sun and wind contribute more to electricity production. How and where can electrical power best be stored in batteries, and which battery is the best for different requirements, a mobile one, for example in an electric vehicle or, completely different, a stationary one?
Heidi Müller-Henicz | idw
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