Cutting edge science from Harvard University has produced a vitamin battery that may provide a non-toxic, organic solution to green energy storage. Whereas previous attempts at using quinones, a group of organic molecules, created workable batteries, the new design uses vitamin B2 to far better efficacy, providing a low-cost, non-toxic, and high capacity energy storage option.
The project is pressing, as climate change concerns have spurred the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The problem with these renewable sources is that they are unpredictable; on some days it will be sunny or windy, but on other days it won't be, which means that the energy produced on ideal days needs to be captured and stored for use on subpar days. Rather than negating the benefits of sustainable energy sources with unsustainable storage techniques, the new Harvard vitamin battery is a green way to store green energy.