For decades, batteries have powered everything from toys and toothbrushes to personal electronics and power tools. But, that’s just scratching the surface. During the next decade, advanced batteries will be mass-produced for a wide variety of new applications on land, sea and air.
Battery power is projected to become the backbone of renewable energy systems, such as micro grids, solar panels and wind turbines. The technology will store electrical energy that can later be converted back into electricity when needed, such as during peak demand periods. Between 2013 and 2018, energy storage projects throughout the United States increased by 174 percent.