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All power to the proton: researchers make battery breakthrough

by:GSL ENERGY     2020-06-14
For the first time, researchers have shown a working rechargeable \"proton battery\" that can be recharged\"
How do we power our homes, vehicles and equipment.
The prototype proton battery is connected to the voltmeter and has a range of potential applications.
Rechargeable battery is eco-friendly and with further development it has the potential to store more energy than it currently has
Lithium Ion battery available.
The potential applications of proton batteries developed by the University of RMIT include home storage of solar photovoltaic panels, as the Tesla \"power wall\", which currently uses lithium-ion batteries, does.
With some modifications and extensions, proton cell technology can also be used for medium capacity
Grid scale storage-
Like the giant lithium battery in South Australia
And power electric vehicles.
A working prototype proton battery uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen storage for power generation coupled with a reversible fuel cell.
Professor John Andrews, lead researcher, said it was the carbon electrode plus the protons in the water that gave the proton battery environment, energy and potential economic advantages.
Andrews said: \"Our latest progress is a key step towards a cheap, sustainable proton battery that can help meet our future energy needs without further damaging what we are already vulnerable
\"With the inner direction of the world --
In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cope with climate change, there will be a lot of demand for energy storage.
\"Proton batteries are one of the many potential contributors to the huge demand for energy storage.
Powering a battery with a proton is likely to be more economical than using a lithium ion made of scarce resources.
\"Carbon is the main resource used in our proton batteries, which is rich and cheap compared to metal hydrogen
Storage alloys, as well as lithium needed for rechargeable lithium ion batteries.
\"During the charging process, the carbon in the electrode is combined with the Proton generated by splitting water with the help of the power electronics.
The protons are released again and returned by a reversible fuel cell to generate electricity with oxygen in the air to form water.
Unlike fossil fuels, carbon does not burn or emit during this process.
The researchers \'experiments show that their small proton cells have an effective internal surface area of only 5.
5 cm² (
Smaller than 20 cents)
, Has been able to commercially store energy per unit of mass
Lithium Ion battery available.
This is before the battery is optimized.
\"Future work will focus on using atoms-
Thin carbon layer
Based on materials such as graphene, the goal is a proton battery that really competes with lithium-ion batteries, \"said Andrews.
RMIT\'s research on proton batteries is partly funded by the Australian defense technology group and the US Navy research global office.
Professor John Andrewscentre)
Working with the RMIT team who conducted the latest proton cell experiment: Dr. Shahin Heidari (left)
Saeed Saif Mohammed
PhD researcher, right).
The picture shows Dr. Amandeep Singh Oberoi.
Now at Thapar University in pattiara, India).
How does a proton battery work. Working prototype proton batteries combine the best aspects of hydrogen fuel cells and batteries
Based on electricity.
The latest version combines a solid carbon electrode
State storage of hydrogen with reversible fuel cells to provide an integrated rechargeable unit.
The successful use of electrodes made of activated carbon in proton batteries is an important step forward and is reported in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
During the charging process, the water-splitting protons in the reversible fuel cell are transmitted through the battery membrane, and the electrons provided by the applied voltage are directly combined with the storage materials without forming hydrogen.
In the power supply mode, this process is the opposite;
The hydrogen atom is released from storage, losing an electron and turning into a proton again.
Then, these protons pass through the cell membrane, combined with oxygen and electrons from the external circuit, re-form water.
A major potential advantage of proton batteries is that they are much more energy efficient than conventional hydrogen systems, making it comparable to lithium-ion batteries.
Losses associated with hydrogen evolution and splitting back to protons are eliminated.
A few years ago, RMIT\'s research team found that proton batteries that use metal alloy electrodes to store hydrogen can work, but their reversible and charging capabilities are too low.
In addition, the alloy used contains rare elements
Earth elements so heavy and expensive.
The latest experimental results show that,
The carbon electrode made of phenol resin can store about 1wt % of hydrogen in the electrode.
This is an energy of unit mass, which is already comparable to the commercial energy.
Although the proton battery is far from being optimized, there are still lithium-ion batteries available.
The maximum voltage of the battery is 1. 2 volt.
Hargeability is too low. In addition, the alloys used contain rare earth elements and are therefore heavy and expensive. The latest experimental results show that the porous activated carbon electrode made of phenol resin can store about 1wt % of hydrogen in the electrode. This is an energy per unit mass, and although the proton battery is far from being optimized, it is already comparable to the commercial lithium ion battery. The maximum battery voltage is 1. 2 V. Story: James Giggacher
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