Worldwide generation of electricity from renewable resources will quadruple by 2040. In the energy transition age, stationary energy storage units hold a key position amongst other options for flexible power generation: they help to offset fluctuations in energy production, thereby ensuring a constant supply of electricity.
Everyday life without electricity is almost impossible both in private life and industry. Accordingly, a continuous and reliable supply of electrical energy is essential – and preferably climate-friendly, generated from renewable sources such as wind or sun.
But it is precisely these natural sources that have all too natural limits when it comes to continuous production: intermittent production, for example due to a lack of wind or reduced solar radiation, whether at night or due to excessive cloud cover, are circumstances that must be taken into account.
This is exactly where the NAS® batteries distributed by BASF and produced by our Japanese partner NGK Insulators, Ltd. come into play. These stationary long-term storage devices store large amounts of electricity - generated from renewable sources in wind and solar parks - for hours and release it flexibly and economically attractive at the desired time. In this way, they make a significant contribution to the integration of renewable energy into our power grids.
However, the application areas for NAS® batteries with their high energy capacity extend far beyond the integration of renewable energies. They enable a wide range of applications, from peak shaving to decentralized island networks – and all this with a battery made of easily available raw materials that also has an extremely long lifetime.
The NAS® batteries distributed by BASF are a proven technology that makes a valuable contribution to the energy transition and thus helps to achieve global environmental goals.
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A further field of activity is the production of porous carbon materials by EnerG2, a subsidiary of BASF New Business. These materials are suitable for numerous energy storage applications, for example, to improve the performance of lead acid batteries.