Project Description

THE FLOW IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

Cam DeBruler

The Talk

As our national energy demand increases, the environmental impact of burning coal and fossil fuels for electricity has spurred research in renewable energy sources like wind and solar. To convert our grid to renewable energy on a significant scale we must first address the power fluctuations and intermittency inherent in these renewable sources. One possibility is to attach large battery packs to these generators which can deliver electricity even after the wind slows or the sun sets. However, state of the art battery technology does not meet the scalability, price or safety requirements for such a large scale implementation. A new battery design- the flow battery- shows promise for satisfying these requirements. Engineering a powerful, safe and inexpensive flow battery is the next step in renewable, environmentally conscious electricity.

About Cam

Cam is originally from Boise, Idaho. He attended the College of Idaho for his undergraduate education, where he received bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Physics. Cam has an extremely competitive personality in all aspects of life, whether it’s who can run the farthest, who can think the quickest or who can finish their meal first. This competitive nature led Cam to Utah State University, where he was given the opportunity to research in the fast-growing field of battery technology. When he’s not in the research lab, Cam loves to take advantage of the mountain trails in the summer and the ski hills in the winter.