NEW BATTERY TECHNOLOGY TO POWER HOMES
GREAT NEWS FOR THE HEALING OF THE PLANET
A new deep-storage battery is under development that could provide power for an entire home usage for pennies per kilowatt. Everyone could then go off the grid!
GETTING TOTALLY OFF THE GRID
Nowadays alternative-powered homes remain on the grid because it’s difficult to store enough to serve peak usage times. If you want to be off the grid totally, you’ll have to give up some appliances. Forget an electric dryer, for example. However, this is likely change in the near future as new battery technologies arise.
UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT COORSTEK
Under development at Ceramatec, a research division of CoorsTek is just such a battery. It is being designed to store 20-40 killowatt hours of electricity at 90 degree Celsius temperatures. Estimated life is one cycle per day for 10 years (currently under testing). A $2000 battery translates to a cost of approximately 3 cents per kilowatt compared to about 8 cents per kilowatt currently with utility companies. The battery could continuously release its energy at a pace of 5 kilowatts per 4 hours – enough for most home appliances.
WE CAN JUST IMAGINE
This forthcoming revolutionary development may make utility companies obsolete. This is something many of us would greatly relish, considering how we are at their financial mercy. Pay the bill or get shut off, even in the dead of winter! Thus we can only imagine the many wide-reaching cultural, political and economic implications. For example, perhaps someday soon there will be no centralized, coal-fired, air-polluting utilities, nor nuclear ones. Perhaps someday our dependence on oil will be gone, with huge geo-political reverberations. And all that because of some new battery technologies!
COMBINE WITH THIN-FILM SOLAR TECHNOLOGY
Now if we combine this with Nanosolar’s thin-film technology (named among the top inventions by Popular Science and Time magazine) we are sitting on the beginning of a life-style revolution for our homes, factories, offices – and transportation – in the coming decade.