A breakthrough in the renewable energy industry may hold the solution to eliminating carbon emissions, while also creating new sources of clean energy. The potential revelation comes from scientists working in China and the United States in the form of a system that recaptures carbon-dioxide pollution for use in a storage system.
Energy storage has been heralded as the solution to the volatile production that comes with clean energy sources – we need a way to store energy during peak production hours for use when production ceases, such as when the sun is not out or when wind is not blowing. Compressed air is one of these solutions, and is known as one of the cheapest forms of energy storage. As it currently stands, excess energy during peak hours is used to compress air. Later, that air is blown into turbines mixed with natural gas to produce energy yet again. However, this method produces waste heat and creates a sizeable carbon footprint.
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