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Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries

DUBLIN—Researchers at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries

The development builds on previous work in which the team developed a high-capacity flow battery that stored energy in organic molecules called quinones and a food additive called ferrocyanide instead of metal ions such as lithium. These resulted in high-performance, non-flammable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, and low-cost chemicals that could enable large-scale, inexpensive electricity storage in flow batteries.

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