The stakes are rising with each passing day for energy storage. The world needs it, and it needs it cheaply and urgently, given all the plans in Europe, Asia, and the United States to considerably boost the amount of renewable energy in the power generation mix. As a result, breakthroughs in energy storage tech have become more or less a regular occurrence. The latest of these breakthroughs promises to solve the two challenges of energy storage: price and capacity. It does that by using seawater for a battery’s electrolytes instead of solvents, which are much more expensive but also less safe than water. “The world’s energy needs are increasing, but the development of next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems with high energy density and long cycling life remains technically challenging,” says Xhenxing Feng, a chemical engineer from Oregon State University, which published the research, as quoted by Science Daily. “Aqueous […]