Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

November 7, 2013 by  
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Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy — the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes down. Their California-based startup Terrajoule is applying an older technology, namely steam engines, to build a storage system that could lower the cost to under $100 per kWh, which is less than 20 percent of what it costs for current battery storage systems. This new system will also last longer (it has a 25 year lifecycle), thereby eliminating use of the toxic and rare materials contained in batteries. Read the rest of Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: concentrated solar power , distributed solar power generation , solar energy storage , steam engines , steam piston engines , storage system , Terrajoule        

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