Solving the power problem (first of many)

So this is going to be a many, many, many part series, which is totally awesome, because that means that there are many, many, many ways to do generate, store, and use power of all kinds.

Today, we’re talking air power.

Compressed air is, in some ways, one of the best-kept secrets of the clean energy movement. I don’t hear it talked about much, and frankly, that’s a crying shame. Compressed air can be used to run not only any tool you can find in a machine shop, from drills to power hammers , you can also use it to generate electricity, or even for refrigeration.

As power storage goes, it’s not the most efficient way to do things – batteries can hold more power for longer, hands down. What it IS, however, is easily accessible to anybody with a bike and a cheap air compressor. It means that you can store energy without having to be a chemist or an engineer, or even much of a maker.

This is energy storage for the masses, and energy is key – you can use it to do just about anything.


2 responses to “Solving the power problem (first of many)

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