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dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 17 1:03 pm    Post subject: tesla get a bit nearer to mass scale clean energy.  Reply with quote    

linky

onemanband



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 17 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-30476591

UK version.

IIRC last time it was mentioned on local radio - trials were successful.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 17 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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store energy and meet spikes in demand – like on hot summer afternoons when buildings start to crank up the air conditioning

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 17 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They both look like good ideas. Will follow how they are getting on.

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 17 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
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store energy and meet spikes in demand – like on hot summer afternoons when buildings start to crank up the air conditioning


Why that face?
Frustration that you don't live somewhere with hot summer afternoons?
Frustration that too many people rely on air conditioning?

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 17 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
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store energy and meet spikes in demand – like on hot summer afternoons when buildings start to crank up the air conditioning


Why that face?
Frustration that you don't live somewhere with hot summer afternoons?
Frustration that too many people rely on air conditioning?


Almost all UK buildings are now built with windows that cannot be opened, so air conditioning is now standard. Not to cool, or heat, necessarily, but just for circulation. Pretty sure opening windows would be a good thing.

GrahamH



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 17 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not new technology. Again Telsa has good PR but not innovation.

Both systems (Dpack & Onemanbands posts) provide energy for 'spikes'. However, in the Telsa system old type batteries are used (energy to manufacture and transport), housed in purpose built enclosures (energy and resources to produce and build) which need to be kept cool by A/C units. Batteries are charged and kept charged to replace the drainage by mains electricity.

Lots of energy and resources used/wasted to provide coverage for spikes which may or may not happen.
A better solution for spikes caused by A/C usage in hot spells (Telsa's reason..see Dpack link) would be to utilise an absorption chiller A/C system which uses heat rather than electricity for it's main power source. (Telsa site is a battery manufacturing plant situated in a hot climate....lots of waste heat)

Better to look at the gains made in ways of hydrogen storage in metals and glass for progress in energy efficiency.

For a scientific explanation...https://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/metal-hydride-storage-materials

Simply...hydrogen atoms stored between the molecules of metal would provide a safe and clean solid fuel cell, .....go to a petrol station and insert a new cell....size of about a vacuum flask could power a vehicle for over 1,000 miles. Burn discharge pure water. (What this would do for rising sea levels I have no idea but could be fun to try to predict.) A Danish University has developed a 'salt tablet' along similar principles which can store and release hydrogen.
The progress in this area of research and development along with solid battery technology is promising.
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Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is being worked on by various people including tesla and BMW at a place in Sheffield.

It's on Letsby Avenue, conveniently by the hq of South Yorkshire Constabulary. And I'm not even joking.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I agree about opening windows being better than air conditioning Nick. Another problem with air conditioning is that it is rather good at spreading things like colds and flu though office buildings. You can often trace the route of the air in large complexes by when people go off sick.

At present I think we are working our way through the best ways to store solar and wind produced energy, so there are several lines of enquiry. Perhaps one will come out as best, and perhaps several routes will always be available. We had a similar situation when CFCs were on the point of being banned for defluxing and degreasing in the electronics industry about 20 years ago. Lots of different things were tried, but sadly I dropped out at that time, so have no idea what happened.

That paper is very complex Graham; far deeper than I would expect for a government website. I understood the jist of it but either it wasn't very well written, or I have forgotten more of that than I thought.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

linky re china who are expanding proven tech as well as working on r and d.


Slim



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GrahamH wrote:

Simply...hydrogen atoms stored between the molecules of metal would provide a safe and clean solid fuel cell, .....go to a petrol station and insert a new cell....size of about a vacuum flask could power a vehicle for over 1,000 miles. Burn discharge pure water. (What this would do for rising sea levels I have no idea but could be fun to try to predict.) A Danish University has developed a 'salt tablet' along similar principles which can store and release hydrogen.
The progress in this area of research and development along with solid battery technology is promising.
.


Isn't the ideal situation where hydrogen is being split out of water via electrolysis (powered by a renewable source, e.g., excess solar)? Therefore the water formed by combustion should zero out on a global scale.

I think the change to water cycle only comes about if you're using a petroleum product as your hydrogen source. (currently it's mostly from natural gas, isn't it?)

Slim



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the newsworthy bit of the original post isn't the battery technology being used, just that it's being used at all on that scale.

Looks like there are lots of promising avenues of work towards better energy storage.

The one I heard about most recently sounds promising: https://scienceblog.com/492018/new-long-lasting-flow-battery-run-decade-minimum-upkeep/

Much less space-efficient, but it's hard to argue with reduced costs!

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 17 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice battery tech. big isn’t a problem in a lot of situations and "safe", long life, water based batteries do avoid a lot of the issues with current tech options .

cheaper than fossil looks achievable even with existing tech.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 17 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That battery looks very interesting Slim. It sounds amazingly like a super Leyden jar though, so some things don't change much.

Slim



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 17 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
That battery looks very interesting Slim. It sounds amazingly like a super Leyden jar though, so some things don't change much.


Everything old is new again. Things just get tweaked along the way

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