Day: March 16, 2017

Thermal  Batteries

Thermal Batteries

Thermal  Batteries

03/16/17

“How can we reinvent batteries using heat?”

 

The most widely used for of batteries are oxidation process based batteries. Even though these units are plentiful, their construction can be very destructive to the environment. However, their use as large-scale energy storage systems is most valuable, so how can we change their composition to be less intensive on our resources? Well, let’s think about it. One way to release energy from cells is to heat them up. An easy way to do this is to use a material near such cells. So what if we were to put this theory into practice and create a series of heat dependent cells between an anode and a cathode contained with a meltable electrolyte? This setup is known as a thermal battery. Thermal batteries are compact and lightweight, making them a popular application for electric vehicles, and can store energy for upwards of 50 years!