Food waste could store solar and wind energy

Food waste could store solar and wind energy

News release:
ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 14, 2016

Based on an article by TU/e researcher Huaichen Zhang, Mechanical Engineering

Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric storage is currently used most often. Now researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Physical Chemistry C are advancing another potential approach using sugar alcohols — an abundant waste product of the food industry — mixed with carbon nanotubes.

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Read the scientific article: Nanoscale Heat Transfer in Carbon Nanotubes - Sugar Alcohol Composite as Heat Storage Materials by Huaichen Zhang, Camilo C. M. Rindt, David M. J. Smeulders, and Silvia V. Nedea
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands