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Futureproof by Caleb Storkey, Minter Dial

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Chapter 10

Energy storage

When will my phone last me a week?

Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.1

Arthur Erickson2

What is it?

One of the biggest challenges of alternative energy sources is the intermittent nature of the generation and the disequilibrium between when it is created and when it may be needed. For example, typically, solar panels collect energy during the daytime, but aside from air conditioning during the day, it is in the evening that the energy is needed. Thus, there is a critical need to store that energy for the vital moment. At its core, energy storage is about the ability to capture, retain and distribute energy in the most efficient and effective manner. In today’s context, ...

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