They Charged Energy into Concrete! The House Turned into a Powerbank

Another interesting invention from MIT and Harvard: concrete can now be used as a powerbank that stores energy.
They Charged Energy into Concrete-The House Turned into a Powerbank

An astounding invention has come from MIT and Harvard. This time, scientists have developed a technology that can turn our homes into giant batteries. We will now see concrete not only as a construction material but also as a powerbank that can store energy. So, what did they do to the concrete to make it this way? Here are the details…

MIT’s crazy invention! Energy-infused concrete that turns houses into powerbanks

Genius researchers at MIT, led by Dr. Damian Stefaniuk, have created a concrete filled with microscopic pathways that conduct electricity by using cement, water, and carbon black. This material transforms into an energy storage device, rapidly storing excess energy from renewable sources and releasing it when needed. Dr. Stefaniuk says, “I couldn’t believe it the first time a LED bulb was powered by this concrete supercapacitor.” And we couldn’t believe it either…

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Thanks to this technology, you can store the energy produced by solar panels during the day in the foundations of your home and use this energy at night like a powerbank. This offers a significant advantage, especially for intermittent renewable energy sources like solar and wind. The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow, but with these concrete supercapacitors, you can store energy in the concrete and use it like a powerbank when needed.

This innovation can be used not only for homes but also for building roads that can wirelessly charge electric vehicles while they are in motion and for constructing energy storage-based buildings. Imagine your car charging while driving. This technology could create a more durable and sustainable electrical grid.

Of course, like any innovation, turning a house into a powerbank comes with its challenges. Currently, concrete supercapacitors discharge energy quickly, making them unsuitable for applications requiring continuous power output. Additionally, the environmental impact of cement production is a significant issue. Cement production causes substantial carbon dioxide emissions. Dr. Michael Short from Teesside University says, “This concrete energy technology offers fascinating potentials, but more research is needed to scale it up and reduce its environmental impact.”

In the future, this powerbank concrete could pave the way for a more resilient and renewable energy future—if they can solve its environmental impacts, of course.

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