The Future Of Energy Storage: Using Hot and Cold Rocks

The Future Of Energy Storage: Hot Rocks

The National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage, a new research centre led by the UK’s Newcastle University, is using the temperature difference between hot and cold rocks to store energy.

The facility has created the world’s first grid-scale demonstration of pumped heat storage, taking excess electricity from the grid and converting this into thermal energy with the use of heated and cooled argon gas and ‘thermal batteries’ which consist of a chamber of rocks.

With the National Grid planning to more than triple its total electrical energy storage capacity by 2030, grid-scale energy storage is now seen an essential requirement for the future. The creation of this Hampshire-based testbed looks set to be at the centre of future energy solutions and how these can be developed in a sustainable manner..

Dr Andrew Smallbone, project leader, says, “There are lots of people around the world talking about…energy storage systems but ours will be the world’s first grid-scale demonstration of pumped heat energy storage. The next few months will be spent plugging it into the National Grid to demonstrate how a system like this could work in the real world.”

Read the original article


Solid state magnesium battery

Can solid-state magnesium battery challenge lithium-ion energy storage?

There have been hundreds of attempts to find the battery chemistry that will challenge the dominance of lithium-ion. Magnesium energy storage has been a theoretically attractive, but practically impractical proposition. Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory in conjunction with MIT have published a study showing potential magnesium mobility in a battery….

Read More

Virtual power plant

How will virtual power plant trial fare in Ireland?

Dingle, a small town in Ireland, will be the testing ground for the country’s first virtual power plant. Twenty homes are to be equipped with rooftop solar, battery energy storage and smart technologies — the project is a community-scale trial run to test how the whole system can support the Irish grid as it incorporates…

Read More

energy storage industry news

Would you like to receive energy storage industry news, free powerpoint presentations and opinion articles from our team?

YESand if I don't like it I will unsubscribe! MAYBE LATERI am busy now thinking all things energy storage