Carbon emissions are at an all-time high. Here’s a potential solution, an environment friendly, zero-emission charging station.
This eco-friendly charging station we are talking about is developed in the Sustainable Environergy Research Lab of Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Delhi. The charging station is powered by VRFB i.e. Vanadium Redox Flow Battery.
The current prototype installed in IIT Delhi can charge devices like mobiles, laptops, portable chargers and tablets but that is not all that can be achieved using this technology. The charging station can easily be operated for around 9 hours a day and is accessible to the IIT Delhi community and general public alike.
In a press release by IIT Delhi, dated 24th October 2020, it is told that the flow battery can efficiently store and utilize renewable energy for a wide range of applications such as rural electrification, electric vehicle charging station, domestic and commercial power backup, thus has a potential to tremendously reduce our carbon footprint on this planet.
According to Prof. Anil Verma, IIT Delhi, the flow battery is non polluting, easily accessible and highly durable. The flow battery can store energy in the range of killowatt-hour to megawatt-hour and has a long discharge time in contrast to a conventional battery, hence is very cost effective. Also the flow battery can completely discharge without any damage. These batteries can efficiently replace diesel generators used in domestic and industrial settings and can profoundly reduce carbon emissions.
According to the professor, the team behind the prototype is highly enthusiastic to drive the indigenously developed VRFB technology from lab to society.
Coming forward, Okaya Power Group, a leading battery and power backup products manufacturing company, has also announced that it has associated with IIT Delhi to work on the VRFB technology research projects. The project is also funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.
So, let’s hope we see these clean energy flow batteries in our near future which can replace the diesel generators which are so widely used thereby causing high levels of carbon emissions.
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