08 Sep '17, 6pm

Ancient Technology Could be Utilized for Modern Energy Storage

Ancient Technology Could be Utilized for Modern Energy Storage

According to MIT, the idea of FIRES is to make use of excess electricity produced when demand for power is low by using electric resistance heaters. These convert electricity into heat. The devices would use the excess electricity to heat a large mass of firebricks enclosed in an insulated casing. At a later time, the heat could be used directly for industrial processes, or it could feed generators that convert it back to electricity. Technologically, the system “could have been developed in the 1920s, but there was no market for it then,” says Charles Forsberg, a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and lead author of a research paper describing the plan, that appears this week in the Electricity Journal . Currently the options for storing excess electricity are limited to batteries or pumped hydroelectric systems. By contrast, the low...

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