Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) puts large quantities of air into an underground cavern or mine during off-peak (low electric demand) periods. At a time of day when demand is greater, this air is expanded through a turbine to generate electricity. To improve efficiency, the air may be heated with natural gas. CAES has been called "the only proven technology to store electric energy on an industrial scale of hundreds of MW’s" (http://www.espcinc.com/CAES_AI.htm)
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Car that runs on air!
Brief news video of Guy Negre's compressed air vehicle. Links to related video 1:47 [YouTube]
The Compressed Air Car
Considers history of petroleum, and writes of MDI vehicle. "It is possible that by 2020 we could primarily be free of our reliance on the internal combustion engine"
Compressed Air Energy Storage
Wikipedia entry includes equations in coverage of physics.
Energy Storage and Power Corporation: Air Injection Technology CAES
ESPC sells technology for the conversion of compressed air energy into electric power.
Ridge Energy Storage & Grid Services
Organization developing CAES projects in Matagorda and Harris Counties in Texas. Press releases, diagrams, graphs, and contacts.
Storage, Use, and Handling of Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids in Portable and Stationary Containers, Cylinders, and Tanks
(NFPA 55) page shows scope of standard, links to preview (uses RealRead) and contents.
Emissions and Energy Efficiency Assessment of Baseload Wind Energy Systems
Abstract of paper describing models of systems using compressed air storage. 'efficiency . . . 5 times . . . fossil combustion' (January 21, 2005)
Iowa to harness wind at compressed air power plant
Reuters story describes Warren Buffet entry into renewables, and CAES. (February 06, 2003)
Compressed Air Energy Storage A Viable Alternative
article includes 3 names with e-mail addresses. (Daily University Science News) (August 02, 2001)
Solution To Energy Woes Might Be Air
Sandia Lab's (USA Dep't of Energy) helps Haddington Ventures and Norton, Ohio. CAES history and Editor contact. [ScienceDaily] (May 01, 2001)
Huntorf CAES: More than 20 years of Successful Operation
Eight-page paper with graphs about the oldest Compressed Air plant, in Huntorf, Germany. Includes principles, technical specifications, and an email address for the solution mining institute. [PDF] (April 15, 2001)
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