Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

[maybe yes, maybe no ~ctm] From Quartz Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more…

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Irony Can Be So Ironic! Grid Storage Increases Carbon Emissions!

Guest ROTFLMAO! by David Middleton Vox’s David Roberts has a green epiphany… Batteries have a dirty secret Energy storage is considered a green technology. But it actually increases carbon emissions. By David Roberts  Jul 21, 2018   Energy storage (batteries and other ways of storing electricity, like pumped water, compressed air, or molten salt) has…

Canadian Tragedy

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was saddened to read this morning that a train with a load of crude oil derailed and caught fire in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, and I started writing this post. I heard during the afternoon there was one person killed, and more may still be found. In addition, the oil spilled…

Getting Energy From The Energy Store

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Inspired by an interesting guest post entitled “An energy model for the future, from the 12th century” over at Judith Curry’s excellent blog, I want to talk a bit about energy storage. The author of the guest post is partially right. His thesis is that solving the problem of how…