Energy Generated by Wind Turbines Can Be Stored with the Help of Liquid Air

This technology could be significantly more efficient than batteries and fuel cells

By on October 4th, 2012 14:25 GMT

Quite a while ago, a man in Hertfordshire, UK, took it to himself to develop a new technology that would allow him to power vehicles with the help of liquid air.

Later on, one company known as Highview Power Storage decided to take Peter Dearman's ideas and work out a way to use them in order to improve the efficiency of systems intended to store energy for power grids.

Recent news on this topic informs us that Peter Dearman's liquid air technology could soon be used to support the green energy industry, meaning that the power generated by wind turbines and other similar means of harvesting renewables could be stored with the help of liquid air.

Sources report that the working principles behind this garage inventor's technology are pretty straightforward: whatever surplus of energy wind turbines generate during night time and other such similar periods when power demands are not at their highest can be used to chill air until it reaches its cryogenic state.

Once this happens, the air becomes liquid and can be frozen and stored accordingly.

Later on, when energy demands increase, it should be fairly easy to access the energy stored within this frozen air by warming it and allowing it to vaporize.

More precisely, the air vapors resulting from this process will be used to turn in motion a turbine that will see to it that electricity gets generated.

Given the fact that, as most people probably already know by now, renewables such as wind power are not all that reliable when it comes to providing a constant flow of electricity, the emergence of this new technology comes as good news indeed.

More so given the fact that, if the assessments carried out thus far are accurate, it could even prove to be more efficient than your run-off-the-mill batteries or fuel cells.
Liquid air could support the development of the green energy industry
   Liquid air could support the development of the green energy industry
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