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Literally a “cool” idea to store energy in air

Mar 19, 2018, 6:53 AM EDT
(Source: paul bica/flickr)
(Source: paul bica/flickr)

The intermittent nature of renewable power and the lack of storage technologies are two factors impeding the free flow adoption of green energy. Now, companies are coming up with innovative ideas to store solar and wind power, offering the means to hold greater amounts of green energy for much longer durations.

A Swiss company, called Alacaes, is experimenting with a new technique, whereby it stores energy in cold air that’s held in holes drilled in mountains, notes Inhabitat. The cold air can be retrieved and channeled to a turbine, when the need arises.

This technology has its own limitation as it requires specific geological formations to work, writes the BBC. A British company, Highview Power Storage, uses refrigeration technique to store large chunks of energy in cold air over long periods of time.

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