This latest episode about Linda Hunt has been one of my favorites, next to the one about Richard Kiel (better known for his work as the metal-teeth henchman in James Bond movies). But overall, all the episodes are great, and highly recommendable.
I like that pause at the end when the little mouse thinks to itself:
And I'm OK with this XD.
Well, one company has proposed one very clever and very cheap solution: Rail Storage. Essentially, using big and heavy train cars which climb up a hill during peak energy generation, and then glide back down during the day's low points, returning their stored potential energy using the well-understood concept of regenerative breaking used in electric cars.
What I like about this concept is that it doesn't relies on any technology breakthrough as battery storage does. Rails and trains are as generic as you can make them, and while not 100% efficient in their energy storage (and let's be honest, what is?), it's a dirt-cheap alternative that could be much more easily and widely implemented.
And I guess too what I like so much about this, is how slap-on-the-face obvious this method is. Surely someone had already thought about this before...! ...right?
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