TED Conversations

Ward Williams

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • 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.
    • thumb
      Feb 26 2013: How quickly does this replenish? Is it quickly enough to prolong our need for other sources?

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.