Elon Musk Uses Ancient Greek Technology to Store Energy

ElectricityThe ancient Greek technology of compressed air used to fire cannons and power clocks is applied again in an effort to store energy from solar panels and wind turbines.

Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk presented the company’s new compressed air storage systems, CAES, that can be used for home, business and utilities electricity storage.

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. Vice President Jim Heid commented on Tesla Motors’ recent announcement, saying: “You need bulk storage to support all the renewables and CAES is pretty much the only technology to do that.”

Heid, representing one of the biggest suppliers of compressed air products in the market, also expressed his enthusiasm about the initiative, sharing: “It’s a worldwide phenomenon because of all the intermittent renewables coming online.”