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Researchers aim to put renewable energy into a can

A new design from MIT presents a possible solution for storing renewable energy. Researchers behind the project aim to combine a familiar technology with a white-hot molten silicon medium and a ten-meter-wide graphite container

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Engineers working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are releasing their findings on a new solution for storing renewable energy, which is far cheaper and more efficient than conventional formats, reports MIT News

This new solution is heavily inspired by thermal solar farms, which reflect the the sun's rays onto a tower and heat a medium, typically a salt, to a very high temperature – at times in excess of 5,000 degrees Celsius.

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