University of California, Riverside runs entire building floor off of 1.1-megawatt green battery
We’re used to batteries powering a lot of devices , but the University of California, Riverside is upping that a notch by charging up a whole floor’s worth. The school’s Winston Chung Global Energy Center is walking the eco-friendly walk and has started using a huge bank of rare earth, lithium-ion batteries from Balqon to produce 1.1 megawatts, enough to keep Winston Chung Hall’s entire first floor humming along while tapping renewable energy sources like solar and wind power . The batteries bank their energy overnight, keeping the throngs of students happy without having to recharge as much or use the regular power grid as a fallback. While it’s considered a testbed, the university’s giant battery is considered a blueprint for cellular towers and the green power sources themselves — the combination of which could keep your smartphone up and running with a lot less of an environmental hit. [Thanks, Justin B] University of California, Riverside runs entire building floor off of 1.1-megawatt green battery originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 May 2012 21:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds .