Researchers at the University of Buffalo have potentially found an alternative to lithium-ion batteries with BODIPY, a chemical compound (short for boron-dipyrromethene) that is exceptionally good at both storing and transferring electrons within redox flow batteries—liquid-based batteries that could more efficiently power our homes and cars in the future.
"As the world becomes more reliant on alternative energy sources, one of the huge questions we have is, 'How do we store energy?' What happens when the sun goes down at night, or when the wind stops?" says lead researcher Dr. Timothy Cook. "All these energy sources are intermittent, so we need batteries that can store enough energy to power the average house."
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