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A infografia mostra como funciona a bateria de areia.


Experiência de bateria de areia cria aquecimento ecológico

By Ninian Carter

July 5, 2022 - Investigadores finlandeses criaram a primeira bateria de areia funcional – um sistema que pode armazenar energia verde durante meses.

Developers of the world’s first fully working sand battery system say it could solve the problem of year-round heating – a major issue for green energy.

A full scale experiment by Finnish startup Polar Night Energy, is currently underway in the town of Kankaanpää in south-western Finland. It uses about 100 tonnes of low grade sand to store heat generated from solar panels and wind turbines.

The sand can store heat at around 500°C for months at a time, releasing it via a heat exchanger to warm water used in central heating systems.

Finland used to get most of its gas from Russia, but has been cut off from supplies since it applied to join NATO.

National concerns over sources of heat and electricity through the long, cold Finnish winter are preoccupying minds and spurring an interest in renewable energy.

A future hurdle to cross is whether the technology can be used generate electricity as well as heat, as efficiency falls off dramatically when sand is used to return power to the electricity grid.

PUBLISHED: 05/07/2022; STORY: Graphic News