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Electricity and Fluids: An Analogy

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Some folks have a difficult time visualizing and understanding the meaning of important electricity parameters, such as current, voltage, resistance, and capacitance. For these folks, it may be useful to think about the flow of electrons in terms of an analogy. Let’s consider the flow...

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Intermittency of Renewables

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Currently, the world’s combined power usage averages roughly 18 Terawatts (18,000 Gigawatts) and continues to grow. The ability of mankind to sustain this enormous power consumption, which is needed to drive our way of life, is entirely due to the burning of fossil fuels –...

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The Myth of Solid State Batteries?

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The latest craze in energy storage seems to be waning recently. More specifically, the promise over solid electrolytes that can conduct Lithium ions between the anode and cathode does not seem to be panning out. To be fair, a fully solid-state battery would solve the...

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The Case for Li-ion Batteries

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Energy storage is really important. Since the cheapest, cleanest, and most abundant sources of energy are intermittent, it is a well-established fact that we need a cheap and easy way to collect this energy when it is being produced and deliver it when we need...

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