Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Energy Storage Haiku

TransCanada Overpass

A series of overpasses has been built to get wildlife safely across the TransCanada Highway in Banff National Park.

Unlike some of the paintings that I have ‘randomly’ selected as haiga backgrounds for the computer-generated haiku, these structures have very little to do with energy storage, other than to look very cold in mid-winter just after sunset.

By  way of explaining the haiku… An air source heat pump is a system which transfers heat from outside to inside a building, based on the principal that air at any temperature above absolute zero contains some energy, and involving a  compressor and a condenser to absorb and then  release heat. On-going research aims to find an efficient combination of air source heat pumps and salt-solution energy storage to smooth out the variable efficiency of the heat pump, a problem shared by all weather dependent, non-combustion energy sources.