Gallery: Cryogen Energy Storage System Could Cut Peak Fuel Use by Half

 

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Our current energy system is wasteful in part because power plants have to be ready for sudden surges in demand. At present, the U.S. gets half of its electricity from coal. King Coal may be a cheap date, but coal-fired power plants can’t be turned on and off easily, so they often produce extra power. A new energy storage system could cut peak demand fuel consumption in half by using that excess energy to chill liquid nitrogen and oxygen. Then, the next time demand spikes, the mixture can be boiled using waste heat to produce power.

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