UTSA research team exhibits new efforts in battery innovation
As the digital age has become more reliant on the internet, the demand for data centers has risen dramatically, with hundreds currently being built worldwide. The existing centers account for roughly 2% of the U.S. power grid and run on traditional power. And on Thursday, August 11, 2016, researchers from UTSA, Microsoft and NRG Energy will demonstrate the power of flow batteries and how they may be the next generation power source for the internet and the power grid.
The technology, while not new, has untapped potential as these batteries last 20 years without degradation, unlike traditional batteries that degrade steadily and only last a few years. UTSA, Microsoft and NRG Energy are now partnering to find a better way in a project led by UTSA researchers on the UTSA Main Campus.