Research Spotlight: A Greener Way to Store More Energy

By August 2, 2016
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Microgrids are transforming the way we produce and distribute electricity, enabling communities to generate their own power independently of the main grid. These small-scale systems are well suited for renewables, but daily fluctuations in wind and solar energy make it difficult to guarantee a reliable supply. And although storing excess electricity in batteries can buffer supply and demand, this approach requires high capital cost investment. Professor David Simakov believes chemistry may offer a better and cheaper solution. In his lab at the University of Waterloo’s Sustainable Reaction Engineering Group, Prof. Simakov and his team are developing a highly efficient thermocatalytic converter for microgrids.

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