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Food Waste Could Replace Batteries to Store Solar, Wind Energy

Energy from food wasteResearchers from the American Chemical Society are on the verge of an energy storage breakthrough that may soon revolutionize the solar and wind industries while addressing another global challenge—food waste—at the same time.

At present, batteries represent one of the most promising advances for large solar and wind farms trying to reach optimal performance.  Batteries provide storage for excess energy created during particularly sunny or windy conditions so that they can still provide output on cloudy days, at night or when there is no breeze.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the use of batteries has grown in the past five years and is anticipated to continue increasing in the years to come.

But researchers from the American Chemical Society may have just found a way to avoid the need for batteries altogether, utilizing food waste and carbon nanotubes to store energy in the form of heat by mixing sugar alcohols that naturally occur in foods. 

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