The power of the sun and wind provides a prospect for unlimited energy, but how can it be controlled?
It is undeniable that renewable energy is booming in the UAE. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which is located in Abu Dhabi is a proof that the country’s solar-power sector is on the rise.
Currently, it was forecasted that the industry would create an additional 1,000 jobs for the next two years through the upcoming projects the growth in projects together with the country’s profuse supply of sunshine.
The renewable energy sector present main concern is where and how to store the electricity generated for future use. Solar and wind farms cannot merely be switched on at times of greatest demand. The levels and amount of power generated depends on the elements.
One solution that is now being utilized is vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The main purpose of these batteries is to transform electrical energy into chemical energy, which then can be turned back into electricity when needed. The process still needs further improvement in order to reach its maximum potential.
According to a study, the utilization of batteries to accumulate electricity is more efficient and stronger when the power is generated from the sun rather than wind.
The significance of vanadium in the process is its presence in dozens of minerals, and its existence in some oxidation states when dissolved in solution. The oxidation state reveals the number of electrons, or negatively charged subatomic particles, associated with each vanadium particle.
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