Researchers say new 'flow battery' could charge electric cars in seconds
Electric cars could be charged up and ready to go within seconds, according to scientists developing a new type of energy storage system.
Chemists from the University of Glasgow have developed a flow battery system using a nano-molecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas in a new hybrid energy storage system.
Speaking about their "hybrid-electric-hydrogen" flow battery in the Nature Chemistry journal, they said it was based on the design of a nanoscale battery molecule and that it could release power on demand as electricity or as hydrogen gas - both which could be used to fuel cars.
According to the study, when a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases tenfold and the energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas, allowing for flexibility in its use.
We wont see this kind of technology placed into a production vehicle, before we see it tested/used in motorsports. If its not cost effective to use there, then we are still a long ways out from seeing it introduced on passenger vehicles.