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Ward Williams

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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 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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