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Handbook of Energy by Christopher G. Morris, Cutler J. Cleveland

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Section 29

Storage

The subject area Storage describes notable milestones in the technology of containing energy for a future use as opposed to using it at the moment, as through combustion. Significant categories of such storage include the battery, the fuel cell, collectors of solar energy, pumped storage facilities for hydropower, and storage systems for fuels, such as containers for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other gases, or underground storage installations for oil.

The earliest major step in the development of batteries was the creation of the first electric battery by the electricity pioneer Alessandro Volta, known as Volta’s pile (1799–1800). The earliest rechargeable lead-acid battery (alkaline battery) was invented by Plante in ...

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