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originally posted by: ZIPMATT
a reply to: howtonhawky
Storage is one thing , but conversion is another , and whether too much powerloss (uncaptured energy) occurs through conversion (regardless of storage methods) will also restrict the viabililty of the method . It takes quite a bit of energy to compress air , and to store it by making containers and valves.
Having said that the internal combustion engine compresses air and fuel mix and burns it. The air is the fuel , the petroleum is the catalyst
You'd have to look at how good pnumatics are at reproducing electric
originally posted by: ANNED
You could use a old railroad tank car for air storage they hold about 8000 gals. and since the DOT came out with new regulations a few years ago some of the old propane ones are being phased out
And you could do as some Amish do and use wind turbines to compress the air.
originally posted by: howtonhawky
Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is a way to store energy generated at one time for use at another time using compressed air. At utility scale, energy generated during periods of low energy demand (off-peak) can be released to meet higher demand (peak load) periods.
Compressed air energy storage - Wikipedia
To me this seems like a more reliable and clean means of energy storage.
In my mind it would work by having solar panels hooked up to a high pressure air compressor that feeds a large storage tank. That could then feed an air motor that would supply to a battery that is then converted to 110v for on demand use.
You could even eliminate the battery all together but would work better with one.
Has anyone ever used or seen such?
What say you ats?
pv system around 2000-3000watts
3000watt dc to ac converter
high capacity air compressor
200-500gal storage tank (lpg tank)
1-2 1000watt alternators
2-4hp air motor
1-4 car batteries
10,000watt 12vto110 dctoac converter
cables,lines,fuses and such