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Storing power with compressed air

China is close to connecting its first compressed air energy storage facility to the power grid. This new type of power storage system is able to pump air into an underground salt cavern when power supply is high, Bloomberg reports. If power demand increases, the air is then released and generates power through a turbine. The 60-megawatt plant has undergone several days of successful testing and is ready for commercial use, according to operators. It would be the first commercially viable plant in China and the world’s largest since 1991, Bloomberg said.

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