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ANU cracks electrical storage?

By johnboy - 1 July 2013 19

ray withers and yun liu

The Australian National University is claiming its boffins Ray Withers and Yun Liu have cracked a new material for making capacitors which in theory would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business:

The new metal oxide dielectric material outperforms current capacitors in many aspects, storing large amounts of energy and working reliably from -190°C to 180°C, and is cheaper to manufacture than current components.

“Our material performs significantly better than existing high dielectric constant materials so it has huge potential. With further development, the material could be used in ‘supercapacitors’ which store enormous amounts of energy, removing current energy storage limitations and throwing the door wide open for innovation in the areas of renewable energy, electric cars, even space and defence technologies,” said Associate Professor Liu.

“Our success was a mixture of luck, experimentation and determination,” said Associate Professor Liu. “When we first found this material we knew it had great potential. It’s friendly to the environment, non-toxic and abundant.”

We look forward to the beckoning golden age of humanity.

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19 Responses to
ANU cracks electrical storage?
gazket 6:13 pm 01 Jul 13

no doubt some other country will produce this new product and sell it back to us at a good profit.

Deref 4:00 pm 01 Jul 13

howeph said :

One wonders if he really does believe in the science, as he says he does, or is he lying and still think it’s all crap. Or worse he does think climate change is real but doesn’t care about future generations only the business interests of the already rich and powerful.

That second thing you said. Or maybe the third.

Gods – it’s soooooo depressing.

howeph 3:36 pm 01 Jul 13

astrojax said :

k’n brilliant – now, i wonder if australia has learned from the ralhp sarich saga and can capitalise on this innovation if, as jb says, it does what is says on the tin..?

Well it could work like this:

1) The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) – an independent Commonwealth authority, set up by the Labor government in 2011 which has $3 billion in funding and is orientated toward technologies that are still in the R&D and demonstration phase – provides funds to prove the technology.

2) Then Clean Energy Finance Corporation with $10 billion dollars of funding (directly from the nasty Carbon Tax) and is tasked with providing the financial support to take risky, but promising, green technologies from the demonstrator stage to commercial scale implementation.

But…

An Abbot government has promised to immediately abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and has indicated that it has a policy to announce on ARENA, but it won’t say what it is.
http://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan-abolish-carbon-tax

Abbot has an unfunded Direct Action Plan to pay polluters with tax payers money and to create a green army to plant trees and… nobody knows. It’s a joke.

In addition Abbot is promising to fast track environmental approvals for coal powered power plants. http://tonyabbott.com.au/LatestNews/PressReleases/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/9245/The-Coalitions-policy-for-a-one-stop-shop-for-environmental-approvals.aspx

One wonders if he really does believe in the science, as he says he does, or is he lying and still think it’s all crap. Or worse he does think climate change is real but doesn’t care about future generations only the business interests of the already rich and powerful.

Postalgeek 3:31 pm 01 Jul 13

Deref said :

It’s always wise to be a little cautious about predicting the pace at which these innovations can change things, but allow me to express a suitably restrained “whoopee!” and a hearty congratulations to these brilliant people.

Yep. Having seen the excitement around capacitor innovations like EEstor’s claimed EESU technology slowly crumble, I’ll believe it when I see it implemented. But here’s hoping…

Deref 1:59 pm 01 Jul 13

It’s always wise to be a little cautious about predicting the pace at which these innovations can change things, but allow me to express a suitably restrained “whoopee!” and a hearty congratulations to these brilliant people.

johnboy 12:58 pm 01 Jul 13

That was my implication

p1 12:57 pm 01 Jul 13

Ben_Dover said :

[confused] would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business[/confused]

I see no reason it couldn’t also be used for storage of non-renewable energy…

Also, what that should say is “put old school carbon intensive baseload generation out of business, by storing lots of energy during periods of renewable generation (sunny days/windy nights) and releasing it continuously *AS* baseload power.

astrojax 12:56 pm 01 Jul 13

k’n brilliant – now, i wonder if australia has learned from the ralhp sarich saga and can capitalise on this innovation if, as jb says, it does what is says on the tin..?

Spitfire3 12:53 pm 01 Jul 13

Get some bodyguards on those two and their funky lego blocks before big coal takes em out.

Ben_Dover 12:17 pm 01 Jul 13

in theory would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business:

and comes with a range of attractive matching jumpers, and childrens toys…..

Ben_Dover 12:00 pm 01 Jul 13

johnboy said :

For the thickies at the back of the class.

Oy! You!! Outside! Now!!!

johnboy 11:53 am 01 Jul 13

Ben_Dover said :

[confused] would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business[/confused]

For the thickies at the back of the class.

The major impediment to universal renewable energy is if the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing the lights will go out.

Existing battery technologies are too inefficient for industrial grid storage.

This, if it does what it says on the tin, would be the game changer the world has been waiting for.

Ben_Dover 11:48 am 01 Jul 13

[confused] would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business[/confused]

poetix 11:08 am 01 Jul 13

I bet they can do Rubik’s cube and all.

tuco 10:20 am 01 Jul 13

Standby for RiotAct replies along this line:

“Oh, they did it like that hey? Not the way I would have done it, but I can see where they were going …”

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