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THERMAL MASS - in this case water heated either by a chemical fuel, electricity or the Sun. The electric system, while less efficient than an ordinary heater, means we can cut down on the size of our battery bank. A closed loop system, reuses the same water. Water is moved between 2 containers (1 inside house acting as a giant hot water bottle, and a second one outside house used for heating the water). Containers are raised/lowered to move water between them. Better short containers than…

from ScienceDaily

New technology puts solar power to work all night long

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Fiberglass water storage tube tanks for passive solar heating & cooling system Trombe walls. Prevent temperature swings in greenhouse or sunroom by storing excess solar energy.

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Owen Gildersleeve - Ice Bear. An illustration for Ecomagination to accompany an article about the Ice Bear - a thermal energy storage system which freezes water at night when the grid is more efficient, and then uses that ice to cool the building during the day.

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