VitaminB2 inspired high flow solar battery invented
arvard University researchers have identified a whole new class of high performing organic molecule that is inspired by vitamin B2, which helps store energy from food in the body. This molecule can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
The team, in their previous work, developed a high-capacity flow battery that stored energy in organic molecules called quinones and a food additive called ferrocyanide. The development provided the first high-performance, non-flammable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, and low-cost chemicals that could enable large-scale, inexpensive electricity storage.
The versatile quinones show great performance for flow batteries, yet the researchers of Harvard continue to explore other organic molecules for better performance. After considering a million different quinones, a new class of battery electrolyte is developed.