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Scientists Need To Amass Excess Renewable Power As Methane

One of the major disadvantages to renewable power sources such as solar and wind is that we do not have an effectual method to amass excess power. When the wind blows, we may have sufficient power to give the grid, but we cannot amass the extra. Then, on days with no winds, we are left with no power. As trite as that may seem, it is unluckily valid, and firms such as Tesla have been attempting to design solutions for huge battery storage. Now, scientists at Stanford University are operating on a biology-based battery option.

Their concept is to employ microbes to change extra renewable power into methane, which can be used as required. Naturally, Methanococcus maripaludis (the microorganism) uses carbon dioxide and hydrogen and gives out methane. So, the scientists are employing renewable power-fueled electrodes to divide water and free hydrogen. Those atoms are given to the microbes, which then use air’s carbon dioxide and give out methane. The gas does not dissolve in water, so it can be stored and captured.

On a related note, latest reports from main climate agencies are painting very mixed images for the future of worldwide energy employment. The IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) claims that renewable power now makes 1/3rd of the total energy capacity of the world. This is the highest level ever. But simultaneously, the IEA (International Energy Agency) claims that power requirement is increasing at the quickest speed this decade, and fossil fuels are spearheading the charge.

As per IRENA, 171GW of renewable power was included to the worldwide mix last year, marking an yearly elevation of 7.9%, and adding up for 2/3rd of new power creation capacity altogether. Hydropower takes the biggest pie with 1,172GW all over the world, chased by solar with 480GW and wind at 564GW, even though solar witness the biggest development last year.

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