Researchers look to revive 3,500-year-old technology to take on energy storage

By District Energy posted 09-08-2017 00:00

  

CleanTech Canada

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Engineers are coming at the energy storage problem from every angle imaginable—from supersized batteries and molten salt, to biomimicry and underwater balloons.

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology drawing inspiration from the 15th century B.C. is no exception.

The U.S. scientists have put together a plan to breathe fresh life into a bronze-age technology, originally developed for metal-smelting kilns, and use it to store energy generated by wind turbines, solar panels and nuclear power plants.

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