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Energy will concrete blocks help to store energy  | Newsletter General

Will Concrete Blocks Help To Store Energy?

by: Sharai Hoekema
will concrete blocks help to store energy  | Newsletter

Nothing great has come from the nominator ‘concrete block’. We associate it with big, ugly looking buildings, or boring grey areas of the neighborhood. This negative rep is about to change, and we have a Swiss company to thank for it.

Concrete Blocks Help To Store Energy: Energy Vault

In a world that is collapsing under its consumption of fossil fuels, we are struggling to find a worthy alternative. Renewable energy is on the rise, but still battling its most prominent problem: energy storage. When the wind stops blowing and the sun stops shining, the energy flow from windmills and solar panels stops. And the excess energy generated cannot yet be stored in bulk, providing enough for us to get by on while we wait for the wind to pick up or the sun to start shining again.

Cranes, concrete blocks
Photo by Energy Vault. Cranes and concrete blocks.

Meet Energy Vault, a company from Switzerland that is looking to revolutionize the world of energy storage. Their plan is to provide a low-cost solution for both governments and commercial enterprises to store energy as generated from renewable sources. They received various awards and honors for this work, including the World-Changing Ideas Award and a mention in the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers of 2020 list.

As fossil fuel consumption has dropped pretty significantly during the recent COVID-19 pandemic and demand for renewables continues to rise, this might just be their time to shine.

Recommended: Great Renewable Energy Storage: Compressed Air

Concrete Blocks Store Energy

Potential energy is stored using a stack of concrete blocks. With this premise, Energy Vault is geared up and ready to start testing using two full-scale models in Italy and India. Quite a big leap for a small company that only started two years ago, following the founder’s vision that there should be a way for renewable energy to be stored more efficiently.

4 Energy Vaults
Graph by Energy Vault. 35 MWh storage.

The dream here is that a solar panel farm in Rome, for instance, generates energy as the sun shines over the Italian land. Some of these generated energy would then be fed to a concrete block storage facility. Then, when the sun goes down or clouds roll in, this facility could take over the job of energy distribution.

Recommended: Home Solar Energy Storage By Nissan

Store Energy With Concrete Blocks: How It Works

The picture is alluring. In their initial designs, Energy Vault came up with a six-armed crane, standing tall at close to 120 meters, hoisting special concrete blocks that weigh about 35,000 kilograms each. As the energy comes in, it will be used to lift the blocks up in the air. Eventually, they will be, or so the company claims, “returned to the ground and the kinetic energy generated from the falling brick is turned back into electricity.”



                                                                        Energy Vault 3D Simulation

 

This kinetic energy powers a motor, after which the energy is inverted and sent back to the grid. According to Energy Vault, this leads to a “round-trip efficiency between 80 to 90 percent,” meaning that 80 to 90 percent of the ‘original’ energy is re-created. Simple, yet efficient, so it seems. And the best part? The towers are very scalable, allowing for different storage capacities. We are curious to see what happens in Italy and India.

Cover photo by Artem Beliaikin

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