A few years ago, unused renewable energy was wasted and unable to be stored. Today, renewable energy is being directed into various types of storage batteries that contain ZOLTEK products. Imagine a world where a battery can be fully charged and discharged tens of thousands of times without system degradation. ZOLTEK carbon fiber materials can and have been used to bring this reality to live. The use of carbon fiber in energy storage applications overcomes standard challenges associated with the industry. The inability for a battery designer to separate the power and energy function in a battery system or the inherent charge/discharge cycle degradation problem are no match for the properties of carbon fiber.
Additionally, carbonized and graphitized felts, produced from ZOLTEK materials, can be used to store energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels. Energy storage allows utilities to supply needed power and energy when the electrical grid requires it, not just when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. Carbon fiber is a key component of the move towards alternative energy generation.
Carbon fiber based energy storage solutions balance power and energy output with utility grid demand and allow for energy generation and transmission optimization. ZOLTEK’s engineers and industry partners can assist our customers with design concepts to bring energy storage projects to reality.