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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sodium ion batteries revisited

I just thought I would take a moment to revisit the idea of sodium ion batteries. What prompted me to do this was reading an article on Argonne National Laboratories website about this technology. Now of importance to note this article was published on the web this last October. What all this translates to is that this technology is relatively new as far as batteries are concerned.

As was mentioned in this article sodium does not have the proper properties to be usable in the automotive world, as they would weigh far to much. So what on earth would you use them for you might be asking yourself right about now? Well the answer to that is quite simple. You see, they could be used for any purpose that would require a stationary battery. And as I specialized in power engineering I think I am more than qualified to talk on this subject-- because you see the power companies could really use a device like this. In fact, this could prove to be really useful to them. You see, the deal with your power bill is that in the last few years nearly every provider of power has gone to a bill reminiscent of early cell phone bills. I say that for the fact that all of your bills now say both "peak" and "non-peak" times. What all of this amounts to the average consumer is that energy is higher during the day than it is during the night. These sodium ion batteries could be therefore used to store the energy during the night. And by doing this it could in fact lower fellow consumers like myself power bills.

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