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Energy energy storage in bricks  your home as powerhouse | Newsletter General

Energy Storage In Bricks: Your Home As Powerhouse

by: Yvonne Doff
energy storage in bricks  your home as powerhouse | Newsletter

This research could clear the way for inexpensive storage of renewable energy by using a supercapacitor. The brick of the house has been converted into a battery that can collect electricity, creating the possibility that someday buildings will actually become powerhouses.

Energy Storage In Bricks

New technology uses the porous nature of baked red bricks. They fill them with small nanofibres of a conductive plastic that can retain energy. So, the first bricks will store sufficient electricity to power small lights. If the capacity could be more, they would be a cheap alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Energy bricks are supercapacitors, they store electricity as a substantial static charge. They charge and discharge way faster than batteries.


                                       Regular bricks can be transformed into energy storage devices

Scientists around the world are working on increasing the energy density of supercapacitors. They also want to raise the charging speed of batteries. Finding new ways to store electricity is essential in fighting the climate crisis. We can store renewable energy until we need it.

Recommended: Great Renewable Energy Storage: Compressed Air

Energy Storage: Food For Thought

“A solar cell on the roof of your house has to store electricity somewhere and typically we use batteries,” said Julio D’Arcy, at Washington University in St Louis, US, who was part of the research team. “What we have done is provide a new ‘food-for-thought’ option, but we’re not there yet.”

The energy density of bricks is only 1 percent of that of lithium-ion batteries, mentioned the journal Nature Communications. To store more charge in the brick, you can add materials like metal oxides, according to D'Arcy.  They hope to have the same energy density as lithium-ion batteries soon. "This technology is much cheaper than lithium-ion batteries," says D'Arcy.

bricks, sizes, material graph

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Dan Brett, a professor of electrochemical engineering at the University College London, UK, says: "Heat is the main consideration when thinking about energy storage in the fabric of any building." The study demonstrates the potential for storing energy.

Powerhouse, Power Bricks 

Scientists made tiny prototypes of power bricks, using chemical vapors. They wanted a reaction of them with the red iron oxide in the bricks and then form a plastic nanofibre network. They used a special plastic, named Pedot. It is a perfect conductor of electricity. The reactions showed a difference from red stones to dark blue. Another advantage of the supercapacitors is that they charge and discharge tremendously fast. The power bricks can be circulated 10,000 times before their capacity is significantly reduced.

Energy Storage: Electricity

Researchers demonstrated using an epoxy resin that a wall with connected power bricks would need an insulating coating not to get a shock. The bricks would even work underwater. The reactivity used to produce the power stones can have a slight dampening effect on their structural qualities, Arcy said, but the bricks were most often used today in houses as decorative facades.

Richard McMahon, a professor of power electronics at the University of Warwick, UK, said that the study was fascinating. "Energy storage is essential, especially electricity. They showed an interesting demonstration of a possibility, but it is not even practical applicable yet."

Storing significant amounts of electricity is and remains a challenge; that's why we keep on looking for alternatives. There is a company that uses gravity to store energy through stacking giant bricks into a tower. Then they release the energy by dropping the stones back to the ground.  Similar things are researched as well. Scientists are also compressing air into a liquid to store energy. They use a significant factory in Manchester, UK, to test this experiment.

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