With the increasing pace of electrification, energy storage is becoming a natural part of energy systems. Utilized to store energy in electric vehicles, to increase small scale solar electricity self-consumption, in microgrids as backup power, as part of a larger power grid for congestion management or to manage variations in renewable energy production. There are multiple applications for energy storage.
The increasing amount of waste is a worldwide problem. As citizens are becoming more aware, the demand for recycled materials for sustainable design and circular production is increasing. The Swedish company Sculpur is making use of waste by turning it into other products, such as furniture. The idea is to keep the materials in a loop as long as possible by using innovative design and technology.
Transport accounts for about 1/5 of all CO2 emissions worldwide. Electric cars are a part of the solution, but the batteries are usually not used to their full potential. In fact, the batteries that are no longer useful in vehicles still have about 80 % capacity left. Swedish company BatteryLoop wants to give the used batteries a second life by using them as energy storage. The solution is smart, sustainable and resource-efficient.