Energy in the tank

20.12.2018

The sun hangs high in the late-September autumn sky as the rotor quickly spins on Hummelberg, near Pfinztal, Germany, where the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT inaugurates the new application center consisting of a wind turbine and a redox flow battery. These are perfect conditions for the official opening of this promising research project intended to solve or at least partially absorb the impact of a major problem facing the energy transition: because power generation using renewable energy is subject to wide fluctuations, it requires buffer storage.