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ELEKTRO 10/2018 was released on September 26th 2018. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Topic: Electrical power engineering; RES; Batteries and accumulators; E-mobility

Main Article
Smart Cities (part 1 – volume 1)

SVĚTLO (Light) 5/2018 was released on September 17th 2018. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Interiors lighting
Luminaire selection by the concept of interior
The unique book about interiors nowadays on market
Invitation on colloquium Interiéry 2018 – exceptional action for the seventh time

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Profesor Jiří Habel passed away – memories remain

Storing energy from renewable sources

09.06.2017 | Phys.org | www.phys.org

One of the greatest challenges in generating energy from renewable sources is finding a way to store the continuously fluctuating energy being produced. Batteries, supercapacitors, and most other energy-storage technologies typically can't respond quickly enough to the second-by-second fluctuations inherent in wind and solar energy sources.

One device that does have a sufficiently fast response is electrostatic capacitors, but their drawback is their low energy density—they simply cannot store very much energy in a given volume. Addressing this problem, researchers in a new study have shown in simulations that antiferroelectric materials based on bismuth can potentially exhibit very high energy densities (150 J/cm3), making them a promising candidate material for electrostatic capacitors.

Energy storage

The results point to the possibility of a high-performance, environmentally friendly energy-storage device for renewable energy sources. The researchers, Bin Xu and Laurent Bellaiche at the University of Arkansas, and Jorge Íñiguez at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, have published a paper on their investigation of antiferroelectrics for energy storage in a recent issue of Nature Communications.

Read more at Phys.org

Image Credit: Nature Communications

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