Designer of Burj Khalifa Now Working on Turning Skyscrapers Into Gravity-Powered Batteries | News World

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The architects behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — the world’s tallest building, for those keeping score — are teaming up with a startup to turn future skyscrapers into massive, gravity-powered batteries.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an engineering and architecture firm that’s also worked on the One World Trade Center, is partnering with energy storage startup Energy Vault to build “gravity energy storage systems” that lift and lower massive blocks of recycled waste materials to provide electricity when it’s needed the most.

It’s a deceptively simple idea: during periods of excess renewable energy production, the facility’s cranes can store large amounts of power — and then release it by lowering them back down and spinning up a generator, when demand is high and the energy supply is low.

“The combination of our pioneering work in gravity energy storage technology with the global track record and expertise of the most widely renowned…

Source futurism.com

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