Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors
Heifer International



Home > Press > Solving the solar energy storage problem with rechargeable batteries that can convert and store energy at once

This review focuses on recent progress of the working principles, device architectures, and performances of various closed-type and open-type photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries, exploring their challenges and future perspectives.
CREDIT
Nano Research Energy. Tsinghua University Press
This review focuses on recent progress of the working principles, device architectures, and performances of various closed-type and open-type photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries, exploring their challenges and future perspectives. CREDIT Nano Research Energy. Tsinghua University Press

Abstract:
As the climate crisis looms, scientists are racing to find solutions to common clean energy problems, including solar energy storage. Solar energy is one of the best renewable resources we have, but it has challenges that prevent it from being widely adopted and replacing conventional energy sources. Because solar energy is variable throughout the day and throughout the year, it is important to have a robust storage system. Currently, solar is converted to electricity in solar cells, which cannot store the energy long-term, and separate battery storage systems are inconvenient and expensive. To solve this problem, researchers are trying to find ways to combine the power conversion and storage capacity needs of solar energy into one device.

Solving the solar energy storage problem with rechargeable batteries that can convert and store energy at once

Tsinghua, China | Posted on June 24th, 2022

Previous attempts to simplify solar energy conversion and storage put two different components together into a complicated device architecture, which was ultimately inefficient, expensive, and heavy. But significant progress has been made in combining these elements into a single device, which shares elements and significantly cuts down on the problems of previous designs.



The research was summarized in a paper published on May 26 in Nano Research Energy. (DOI 10.26599/NRE.2022.9120007)



“The amount of received solar energy on the Earth’s surface is up to 100,000 terawatt-hours, which completely meets the demand of the annual global energy consumption of 16 terawatts,” said paper author Hairong Xue, an assistant professor at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan. “However, like wind power, solar energy is intermittent due to fluctuations in isolation. To balance supply and demand, converted solar energy needs to be stored in other energy storage devices. Therefore, it is imperative to incorporate suitable energy storage technologies into solar cells, enabling effective solar energy utilization and delivering the produced electricity when needed.”



The paper summarizes progress in using six different types of photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries: lithium-ion, zinc-ion, lithium-sulfur, lithium-iodine, zinc-iodine, lithium-oxygen, zinc-oxygen, and lithium-carbon dioxide batteries. The authors detail the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of battery and how it can be applied to solar-to-electricity power conversion and storage. For example, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which we are all familiar with because they are used in many modern electronic devices, including laptops, phones, and electric vehicles, are efficient, but would be difficult to scale for solar energy use because of their complicated structure.



Researchers point out that this technology is still in its early stages and there is more research to be done. Looking ahead to the future, they hope to take the next steps toward improving solar energy storage using photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries.



“It is necessary to explore more suitable electrode materials and optimize the device structure of the batteries,” Xue said. “For practical applications, stability and safety issues must be addressed and improved. Although the development of photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries is quite fast-based, most of the studies remain in an early stage of laboratory test. By addressing some critical challenges involving working mechanism, electrode materials, and battery structure design, the goal is to demonstrate viable uses of photo-enhanced rechargeable batteries in electronic and optoelectronic devices.” The researchers also hope to explore how this technology could be applied to other types of energy conversion and storage systems.



Other contributors include Hao Gong of the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science at Nanjing Forestry University; Yusuke Yamauchi of the School of Chemical Engineering & Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland; and Takayoshi Sasaki and Renzhi Ma at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at the National Institute for Materials Science.



The Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Electrochemical Energy-Storage Technologies, and the JST-ERATO Yamauchi Materials Space-Tectonics Project supported this research.

####

About Tsinghua University Press
About Nano Research Energy



Nano Research Energy is launched by Tsinghua University Press, aiming at being an international, open-access and interdisciplinary journal. We will publish research on cutting-edge advanced nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy. It is dedicated to exploring various aspects of energy-related research that utilizes nanomaterials and nanotechnology, including but not limited to energy generation, conversion, storage, conservation, clean energy, etc. Nano Research Energy will publish four types of manuscripts, that is, Communications, Research Articles, Reviews, and Perspectives in an open-access form.



About SciOpen



SciOpen is a professional open access resource for discovery of scientific and technical content published by the Tsinghua University Press and its publishing partners, providing the scholarly publishing community with innovative technology and market-leading capabilities. SciOpen provides end-to-end services across manuscript submission, peer review, content hosting, analytics, and identity management and expert advice to ensure each journal’s development by offering a range of options across all functions as Journal Layout, Production Services, Editorial Services, Marketing and Promotions, Online Functionality, etc. By digitalizing the publishing process, SciOpen widens the reach, deepens the impact, and accelerates the exchange of ideas.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Yao Meng
Tsinghua University Press

Office: 86-108-347-0574

Copyright © Tsinghua University Press

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related Links

ARTICLE TITLE

Related News Press

News and information

Biology’s hardest working pigments and ‘MOFs’ might just save the climate: A range of processes that currently depend on fossil fuels but are really hard to electrify will depend on the development of genuinely clean fuels, and for that to happen, much more efficient catalysts wi July 22nd, 2022

Generating power where seawater and river water meet July 22nd, 2022

First electric nanomotor made from DNA material: Synthetic rotary motors at the nanoscale perform mechanical work July 22nd, 2022

At the water’s edge: Self-assembling 2D materials at a liquid–liquid interface: Scientists find a simple way to produce heterolayer coordination nanosheets, expanding the diversity of 2D materials July 22nd, 2022

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

UNC Charlotte-led team invents new anticoagulant platform, offering hope for advances for heart surgery, dialysis, other procedures July 15th, 2022

Strain-sensing smart skin ready to deploy: Nanotube-embedded coating detects threats from wear and tear in large structures July 15th, 2022

Rensselaer researchers learn to control electron spin at room temperature to make devices more efficient and faster: Electron spin, rather than charge, holds the key July 15th, 2022

Crystal phase engineering offers glimpse of future potential, researchers say July 15th, 2022

Possible Futures

Biology’s hardest working pigments and ‘MOFs’ might just save the climate: A range of processes that currently depend on fossil fuels but are really hard to electrify will depend on the development of genuinely clean fuels, and for that to happen, much more efficient catalysts wi July 22nd, 2022

Generating power where seawater and river water meet July 22nd, 2022

First electric nanomotor made from DNA material: Synthetic rotary motors at the nanoscale perform mechanical work July 22nd, 2022

At the water’s edge: Self-assembling 2D materials at a liquid–liquid interface: Scientists find a simple way to produce heterolayer coordination nanosheets, expanding the diversity of 2D materials July 22nd, 2022

Discoveries

HKU physicists found signatures of highly entangled quantum matter July 22nd, 2022

How different cancer cells respond to drug-delivering nanoparticles: The findings of a large-scale screen could help researchers design nanoparticles that target specific types of cancer July 22nd, 2022

The best semiconductor of them all? Researchers have found a material that can perform much better than silicon. The next step is finding practical and economic ways to make it July 22nd, 2022

Buckyballs on gold are less exotic than graphene July 22nd, 2022

Announcements

Quantum computer works with more than zero and one: Quantum digits unlock more computational power with fewer quantum particles July 22nd, 2022

Biology’s hardest working pigments and ‘MOFs’ might just save the climate: A range of processes that currently depend on fossil fuels but are really hard to electrify will depend on the development of genuinely clean fuels, and for that to happen, much more efficient catalysts wi July 22nd, 2022

Generating power where seawater and river water meet July 22nd, 2022

First electric nanomotor made from DNA material: Synthetic rotary motors at the nanoscale perform mechanical work July 22nd, 2022

Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers/Posters

Buckyballs on gold are less exotic than graphene July 22nd, 2022

Quantum computer works with more than zero and one: Quantum digits unlock more computational power with fewer quantum particles July 22nd, 2022

Biology’s hardest working pigments and ‘MOFs’ might just save the climate: A range of processes that currently depend on fossil fuels but are really hard to electrify will depend on the development of genuinely clean fuels, and for that to happen, much more efficient catalysts wi July 22nd, 2022

Generating power where seawater and river water meet July 22nd, 2022

Energy

Generating power where seawater and river water meet July 22nd, 2022

At the water’s edge: Self-assembling 2D materials at a liquid–liquid interface: Scientists find a simple way to produce heterolayer coordination nanosheets, expanding the diversity of 2D materials July 22nd, 2022

A novel graphene based NiSe2 nanocrystalline array for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction July 15th, 2022

Novel compound boosts urea to sustainable energy reaction process, researchers report: Integrating energy-saving hydrogen production with urea electrooxidation over crystalline-amorphous NiO-CrOx electrocatalyst July 15th, 2022

Battery Technology/Capacitors/Generators/Piezoelectrics/Thermoelectrics/Energy storage

Lithiophilic seeds and rigid arrays synergistic induced dendrite-free and stable Li anode towards long-life lithium-oxygen batteries July 22nd, 2022

Crystal phase engineering offers glimpse of future potential, researchers say July 15th, 2022

Sieving carbons: Ideal anodes for high-energy sodium-ion batteries July 1st, 2022

Two opposing approaches could give lithium-sulfur batteries a leg up over lithium-ion July 1st, 2022

Grants/Sponsored Research/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

UNC Charlotte-led team invents new anticoagulant platform, offering hope for advances for heart surgery, dialysis, other procedures July 15th, 2022

Photoinduced large polaron transport and dynamics in organic-inorganic hybrid lead halide perovskite with terahertz probes July 8th, 2022

Luisier wins SNSF Advanced Grant to develop simulation tools for nanoscale devices July 8th, 2022

Advances in lithium niobate photonics: High performance integrated LN-based photonic devices have developed rapidly in recent years, and many different structures have been demonstrated for various application scenarios—are we about to enter a new era of LN photonics? June 24th, 2022

Solar/Photovoltaic

At the water’s edge: Self-assembling 2D materials at a liquid–liquid interface: Scientists find a simple way to produce heterolayer coordination nanosheets, expanding the diversity of 2D materials July 22nd, 2022

Photoinduced large polaron transport and dynamics in organic-inorganic hybrid lead halide perovskite with terahertz probes July 8th, 2022

Key in increasing efficiency of next-generation solar cell, found in ‘light absorption capacity’! July 1st, 2022

USTC found a pathway to high-quality ZnSe quantum wires April 8th, 2022

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project