Abdul Hai Alami – Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2014
This paper presents theoretical formulation of, and experiments on a method of energy storage using the work of buoyancy force. The experiments proved that the energy storage using buoyancy force is an effective approach, as the experimental efficiency was found to exceed the theoretical estimation due to material properties of the buoys. The storage of mechanical energy without subsequent conversion into electrical energy has many advantages, including more compact storage setups, higher energy density retrieval, and higher efficiencies. For the current system, the efficiency of energy storage exceeds 37%. This value corresponds to earlier work by the author conducted for a single buoy, extending the prospects and applications of this approach to a better position in non-conventional energy storage applications.