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In the Netherlands, solar panels are a hit. The success is so great that local power grids cannot handle the oversupply of power at peak times. On sunny days, the price per kilowatt hour regularly drops below zero.  

We have said it a hundred times and will continue to do so: in the puzzle of our new energy system, balancing supply and demand for energy is the greatest challenge. Batteries are part of the solution. And that’s why we dedicate this magazine to that crucial puzzle piece.

There’s a lot of work to be done. According to the Director of Energy Storage NL, the Netherlands is only at one percent of energy storage needed 2030. We highlight the three most important energy storage technologies at the moment, explore a battery made of salt and water, look at which steps the European Union is taking to supervise the supply chain, and asked Laio to explore future frontiers in energy storage.

The coming week we’ll publish the articles on our website, but you can already read the full magazine ‘IO Next: Energy Storage’ here.

We kick off with Elcke’s ‘What if…’ column. This week, she look at us, humans, as a breathing power station. What if we utilize our internal energy in ways that could revolutionize our daily lives? What if the human body’s power becomes the driving force behind our technological advancements? Find out here!

A revolution on our plates

And, if we look at our human body as a battery, it is important we fuel it, too. This week we published the second episode of Elcke’s adventure in foodtech Berlin. She dove into promising alternatives in a world where traditional meat and fish are increasingly under discussion and visited two start-ups who promise to revolutionize our meals.

Here’s what else stood out this week:

We hope you like our deep-dive into the world of batteries just as much as we did. Subscribe here to receive the next editions of our magazine automatically in your mailbox.

Aafke Eppinga

editor-in-chief Innovation Origins