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Technology

A major cost associated with flow batteries is the chemical cost of the electrolyte.  Using water, which is much cheaper than other solvents, would be a cost-effective approach.  However, current aqueous redox chemistries employ transition metal salts that have low solubility in water, limiting the capacity of the flow battery, and are often expensive.  Together, this combination increases the overall cost of the battery system.  This technology uses quinoxaline-based organic molecules instead of transition metals as the redox chemistry.  These organic molecules are much more soluble in water, which allows for more concentrated electrolyte and increased battery capacity.  The organic molecules can also store two electrons per molecule, further increasing capacity.  Additionally, unlike the metal-based chemistries, the quinoxaline-based chemistries do not require strongly acidic or alkaline conditions so the battery can be constructed out of plastic instead of more expensive corrosion-resistant materials.