Gravity Batteries Can Store Solar Energy

Finding ways to store power generated by the sun when the sun is not shining is essential if the world is to move away from fossil fuels.

Gravity batteries is one technology that can store power from renewable energy generators.  Gravity is free, clean and easily accessible, without the complications of producing hydrogen or the environmental and human rights concerns linked to some lithium mining.

When the sun shines, surplus power is used to lift up a heavy weight or to pump water uphill and when solar energy is no longer available and power is still needed, the weight or water is slowly lowered and produces electricity turning electricity-generating winches or turbines. The weight or water can also be released faster to produce a burst of energy to meet unusual demand load.

The technology is evolving quickly and, several companies have started projects that applies it in different settings, such as mineshafts. In the US, ARES Nevada is developing a 50MW GravityLineTM merchant energy storage facility on a working gravel mine in Nevada. This project will employ a fleet of 210 mass cars, weighing a combined 75,000 tons, operating on a closed set of 10 multi-rail tracks.

In this 2020 video, Gravitricity explains how to use gravity to store excess energy 

To learn more: 

How gravity batteries will help us switch to renewable energy - World Economic Forum (July 12, 2022)

Gravity-based batteries try to beat their chemical cousins with winches, weights, and mine shafts - Science (April 22, 2021)




Showing 2 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Gary Renner
    commented 2023-09-27 09:55:26 -0700
    I saw your article on gravity batteries. I have a cabin on 80 acres in WA near lake powell on Ellemeham mountain. The mountainside is very steep. I thought about creating a gravity battery by using a cylindrical heavy weight such as a tank or barrel full of rock or cement connected with a heavy cable so it could roll up and down the slope and connected at the top with a cable spool connected to a motor/generator. Since I am only there a few weeks per year, I thought that my solar system could crank the weight to roll it up during the time I am gone and generate power by letting it roll back down. Has anyone tried such a thing? Washington’s mountains are tall and steep so it seems to me that such gravity batteries would make a great energy storage mechanism. I know there would be safety considerations but I think they could be solved. Any thoughts?
  • Chantal Stevens
    published this page in Research & Development in the Solar Industry 2023-03-23 09:49:03 -0700

get updates