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The future of energy storage in Spain

Friday, 19 February 2021 09:43

The oscillations in the cost for the consumer of electrical energy has preceded the presentation of the so-called Strategy for Energy Storage

 

Strategy for energy storage, now considered "key to guarantee the safety, quality, sustainability and economy of supply". This strategy aims to reach a storage capacity of around twenty gigawatts (20 GW) by 2030, with the 8.3 GW of storage available today, as well as reaching around 30 GW of storage in 2050.

 

(https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/prensa/estrategiadealmacenamientoenergetico_tcm30-522655.pdf).

 

The document resumes topics about technologies and systems available for storage, the complications of designing a strategy for the different actors involved, the actions to be implemented and the opportunities offered in participation. The part of figures and / or objectives has been exposed in the presentation of the document, carried out in the so-called “Ciudad de la Energía de Ponferrada”.

 

Until now, Spanish energy storage is the majority in hydro-pumping technology with some Li-ion battery installation in performance analysis. But it is indicated that the strategy will include home distribution, solar thermal power plants or the park of electric vehicles.

 

It is evident that directly and given the structure of the determination of energy prices in Spain, storage does not directly affect their improvement for the consumer. It is the possibility that with the incorporation of cheaper generation, given by having strategic storage, it is not necessary to use more expensive sources and even reach 2050 with a totally renewable system.

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2021. Batería barata, ligera, pequeña y rápida de recargar para automóvil eléctrico. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40911/bateria-barata-ligera-pequena-y-rapida-de-recargar-para-automovil-electrico> [Accessed 8 February 2021].


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A car powered by the new battery would have a range of 400 kilometers and recharging would be accomplished in just about 10 minutes. (Photo: Chao-Yang Wang's lab, Penn State)

 

The fear of being late to the destination due to having to stop to recharge the electric car battery is very common today among the drivers of these vehicles, but it could become an anecdote of the past if initiatives such as a promising new battery prosper.

 

Chao-Yang Wang's team from Pennsylvania State University in the United States has developed and is refining a promising new range of lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 400 kilometers and are recharged in just 10 minutes. .

 

The new class of battery has been designed with use in electric cars intended for the general public in mind.

 

According to estimates by Wang's team, the battery should be able to travel 3 million kilometers during its useful life.

 

The key to long battery life and fast recharging is its rapid ability to heat up to 60 degrees Celsius when powering or recharging, and to cool down when idle. This enables operating conditions that save the battery much of the wear and tear suffered by other batteries. This also allows the size and weight of the battery to be smaller.

 

To reach that 60-degree temperature, the battery uses a self-heating technique previously developed in Wang's lab.

 

According to Wang, batteries in this new class can produce a large amount of power when they reach their working temperature. An electric vehicle with this battery, once heated, could go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 3 seconds. (Source: NCYT from Amazings)

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2021. Batería barata, ligera, pequeña y rápida de recargar para automóvil eléctrico. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40911/bateria-barata-ligera-pequena-y-rapida-de-recargar-para-automovil-electrico> [Accessed 8 February 2021].


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French scientists have developed an electrolytic process capable of filtering microplastics in wastewater, which until now increase the presence of this pollutant in the environment.

 

These small particles of less than 5 mm can come from our clothes, usually in the form of microfibers. Professor of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) Patrick Drogui, who led the study, notes that there are currently no established degradation methods to manage this pollutant during wastewater treatment.

 

Some techniques already exist, but often involve physical separation as a means of filtering out contaminants. These technologies do not degrade them, requiring additional work to manage the separated particles. Therefore, the research team decided to degrade the particles by electrolytic oxidation, a process that does not require the addition of chemicals.

 

"Using electrodes we generate hydroxyl radicals to attack microplastics. This process is respectful with the environment because it decomposes them into CO2 and water molecules, which are not toxic to the ecosystem," the researcher explained in a statement. The electrodes used in this process are more expensive than iron or steel electrodes, which degrade over time, but can be reused for several years.

 

Tecnología verde para eliminar microplásticos de aguas residuales

 

Professor Drogui foresees the use of this technology at the exit of commercial laundries, a potential source of microplastics release into the environment.

 

"When this commercial laundry water reaches the wastewater treatment plant, it mixes with large amounts of water, the pollutants are diluted and therefore more difficult to degrade. Conversely, by acting at the source, that is , in the laundry, the concentration of microplastics are higher (per liter of water), so they are more accessible for electrolytic degradation ", explains the specialist in electrotechnology and water treatment.

 

Laboratory tests performed on water artificially contaminated with polystyrene showed a degradation efficiency of 89%. The team plans to move on to experiments with real water. "Real water contains other materials that can affect the degradation process, such as carbonates and phosphates, which can trap radicals and reduce the performance of the oxidation process", says Professor Drogui, scientific director of the Laboratory of Environmental Electrotechnologies and Oxidative Processes (LEEPO).

 

If the technology proves its effectiveness in actual commercial laundry water, the research group intends to conduct a study to determine the cost of treatment and adaptation of the technology to treat larger amounts of wastewater. Within a few years, the technology could be implemented in laundry facilities.

 

Source: Verde, T., 2021. Tecnología verde para eliminar microplásticos de aguas residuales. [online] ECOticias.com. Available at: <https://www.ecoticias.com/tecnologia-verde/207331/Tecnologia-verde-eliminar-microplasticos-aguas-residuales> [Accessed 3 February 2021].


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