Researchers at the IITD have developed a small and medium-scale energy storage device. Read more below.
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) researchers have developed a small and medium-scale energy storage device. According to the team, various energy storage options are available currently with associated advantages and disadvantages depending upon the geographical needs and location.
Anil Verma, Department of Chemical Engineering at IITD said that one of the storage options that is currently showing significant potential is the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). It has some unique characteristics of independent energy capacity tenability, power, complete discharge without damage and easy replacement of liquid electrolyte having an active ingredient. He further said, “VRFB is considered to be a competent device to store renewable energy. However, we need to serve a large number of isolated pockets of population, small and medium energy storage and utilization is more important.” The battery combines the efficiency and fuel cell’s independent energy storage capacity and works by moving an electrolyte containing suitable vanadium ion through VRFB that converts chemical energy into electrical energy and vice-versa, he added.
About the institute
Established in 1961, IITD was formally inaugurated in August 1961 by Professor Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs. Currently, the campus has an area of 320 acres. The institute was given the status of Institution of Eminence (IoE) by Government of India which granted almost-full autonomy, leaving the institute to make its own decisions.
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