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Using Skyscrapers For Renewable Energy Source

By Victor Tangermann writing for The_Byte


From the article,

Researchers have come up with an ingenious idea to tackle our renewable energy storage woes — effectively turning skyscrapers into massive gravity-powered batteries. A team from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria suggest to take advantage of the vertical height of tall buildings, a system they've dubbed the Lift Energy Storage Technology (LEST). The idea is to have autonomous robots load heavy ballasts into existing elevators when demand for power is low and store them at the top of the building. When energy usage peaks, these weights could then be added back to the elevators and lowered back down, generating extra electricity through a generator.

Read the full article at The_Byte