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Are there any new energy storage methods on the horizon?

Electricity seems like the energy source that will be with us probably forever. There many ways to generate it, albeit not inexpensively is some cases. Storing it for "on demand use" seems to me to be the real challenge. Even if we can generate vast amounts of electricity using wind and solar, etc. those sources are unreliable. If we could hold on to what we generate it would go a long way toward a solution. This is not a revelation to anyone, but I'm curious about new ideas for storage of electricity.

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  • Feb 26 2013: Algae is the fastest growing plant in the world and carbon neutral when burned for fuel. Water, sunlight and CO2 is all that is needed to grow it. The big challenge is the extraction of the oil from the plant material. This I s our most promising future fuel source.
  • Feb 26 2013: Algae

    This is a rapidly producing plant that stores energy in the form of oil. In fact most of our current oil is decomposed algae.
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      Feb 26 2013: How quickly does this replenish? Is it quickly enough to prolong our need for other sources?
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      Feb 24 2013: She's living in the basement again right now. Oddly, there's no sunlight down there, and not much energy either.
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      Feb 24 2013: The whole plant thing really intrigues me. Really all living things store energy for later use, and do not require a constant input of fuel to live, that is, if you shut off the fuel they don't die instantaneously. Big solutions there, I think.
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          Feb 24 2013: I don't think it's daydreaming. PV panels are converting sunlight into usable energy, Plants are already doing this. It's the usable (for us) part that is tough, but it can be done. I told my daughter (she's the smart one) that her mission is to figure out how to tap photosynthesis and make it work for us. She's going to be an accountant. Oh well. Thanks for the link. I love this stuff.
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      Feb 19 2013: Nothing short of awesome. Thank you, Mr. Jones, and Dr. Sadoway
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      Feb 20 2013: Thank you for the link, Lauren. Renews my hope