1. How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

    How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

    One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply and reliably even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t out. Though researchers in labs are racing to make better batteries, one company says we don’t need new tech--just a new application of something old. With a heavy train and a hill, gravity can take care of the problem.

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    1. If you use lithium you basically destroy wherever that lithium is coming from, and afterwards there's a huge amount of hazardous waste.
    2. Utility companies aren't very adventuresome--they would prefer to see it built before they put it in themselves.
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