A deep cycle 12 volt / 200
Amp Hour battery would
cost about $200 U.S.
It can be charged to deliver
about two kilowatt hours of
120 VAC electricity.
An insulated metal container
of the same dimension
would cost about $8 U.S.
This container can be easily
charged with thermal
energy, to deliver about four
kilowatt hours of 120 VAC
electricity at will.
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Thermal Energy Storage
While traditional designs utilize a high receiver tower and two storage tanks, one hot
and one cold, our design utilizes a single, tall storage tower, which integrates into the
Not only does this eliminate a redundant tank, but also minimizes the length of
insulated piping to move the energy storage medium from the heating receiver, to the
The design operates on the principles of a hot water tank in your home. By making the
tank, tall with respect to its diameter, it is acceptable to use a single tank, with the hot
fluid on top and the cooler fluid on the bottom, with a steep thermo-cline to separate
For our storage design, we look to maintain approximately a 5 to 1 height to diameter
ratio, yielding optimal benefit for construction cost and thermal performance.
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