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    Default Thermal Blocks Could Convert Coal-Fired Power Stations To Run Fossil-Fuel Free

    Anthony Scully
    September 8 2020

    It looks like a brick or paver, but a metal alloy developed by Australian scientists could hold the key to efficiently storing renewable power as thermal energy.
    Key points:

    • Demonstration on a 55-megawatt coal-fired plant in Europe to take place in 2023
    • Thermal qualities of the alloy likened to the way a choc-chip muffin behaves after being microwaved
    • Peak engineering body says if demonstration is successful it could solve a worldwide problem integrating renewables on the energy grid

    The patented Miscibility Gaps Alloy (MGA), developed over several years by the University of Newcastle, is being brought to market by MGA Technology.
    Professor at the university, materials scientist and lead researcher, Erich Kisi, said the innovation will enable renewable energy to be used as reliable baseload power, a challenge that proponents of renewable energy have faced for decade


    Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-...ation/12638462

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    Default Re: Thermal Blocks Could Convert Coal-Fired Power Stations To Run Fossil-Fuel Free

    A wall of those thermal storage medium blocks would be great to keep one's solar heat collector or greenhouse functioning for mainly convective (and perhaps minimal radiant) heat through the freezing night and/or on cloudy days.
    Last edited by grulla; 09-19-20 at 09:47 AM.

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