"Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
May 23, 2017 Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.
Aspuru-Guzik Research Group


Renewable energy from resources such as solar and wind will require massive battery storage. There is an all-out effort to develop "green" batteries that are environmentally friendly. The search is on to produce power from organic molecules, and so plants are natural candidates. Who would have guessed that rhubarb offers real possibilities? Dr. Aspuru-Guzik, a member of the Harvard team that has been working on "organic megaflow batteries" and in this case, the “rhubarb battery.”

WBUR story January 2017 This Battery Ingredient Is More Often Used In A Pie Than As A Power Source

Science Magazine 2014 'Rhubarb' Battery Could Store Energy of Future

_Mega-flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy