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Metal Hydride Thermal Battery Storage System

Much More Efficient than Traditional Battery Technologies

The technology is based on metal hydride materials that efficiently store thermal energy in the form of chemical bonds and then release that energy to power a heat engine that generates electricity.

Bucky Battery is developing a thermal energy storage system based on a Reversible Metal Hydride Thermochemical (RMHT) system, which uses metal hydride as a heat storage material. Heat storage materials are critical to the energy storage process. In Bucky Battery thermal storage systems, heat can be stored in these materials during the day and released at night--when the sun is not out-to drive a turbine generating electrical power.

The Bucky Battery is a metal hydride thermal energy storage system that can store 10 times more energy than current state-of-the-art energy storage systems.

Key Scientific Breakthrough:

A newly discovered material for making a whole new family of organic compounds. Called Carbon C60 (60 carbon atoms) or Buckyballs - Fullerene, which is totally different from the two previously known forms of carbon.

It is called a Bucky Battery because of a 1985 breakthrough discovery of a new type of carbon called C60 “Buckminsterfullerine” or “Buckyballs”. The C60 carbon atoms form something that looks like a hollow soccer ball. It is the only molecule of a single element to form a spherical cage. The molecule's official name is buckminsterfullerene, because it is shaped like the geodesic dome invented by that American original, Buckminster Fuller. Informally, chemists call it buckyball, or C-60. Its atoms are arrayed in a collection of regular pentagons and hexagons—12 pentagons and 20 hexagons to be precise.

It's a Swiss army knife of a molecule. This key scientific breakthrough is the secret sauce that makes our game-changing Bucky Battery historic.

Metal-hydrogen storage systems are non-corrosive and they can undergo indefinite cycling with no chemical degradation.

Critical Need: There is a critical need to find efficient, cost-effective energy storage solutions to maximize the use of domestic solar and wind energy resources. Most utility-scale solar power plants only run at about 25% of their capacity because they can't generate power at night. The Bucky Battery - thermal energy storage makes it possible to increase this capacity to up to 60-75%.

There are 5 forms of energy - mechanical, thermal, chemical, E/M, and nuclear. Whenever you have a gradient in any of these potentials you can harvest it.

The system is designed to store the heat after sunset, to ensure energy availability for engine operation. A hot liquid can be stored more efficiently than electricity; the analogy used by one industry executive is that a $5 thermos can hold as much energy in the form of heat as a $150 laptop battery can store electrochemically. The Metal Hydride Thermal Storage system can provide load-following power on-demand on a 24/7 basis.

Proprietary Technology
Utilizing A Scientific Breakthrough
Creating The World's Most Efficient Dispatchable Power Storage System

Bucky Battery Global Market

1) Bucky Batteries will be used with new and existing large-scale Solar Photovoltaics and Wind Energy Farms. Provides 24 hours of power storage. The supply volatility of renewable sources such as solar and wind will need to be countered by powerful and efficient systems that can store the generated energy at any time and make it available as soon as demand requires.

2) Grid Storage - Utility’s Bucky Battery Backup Power

3) Direct use of Solar Energy to charge up The Buck Battery - High-Performance Metal Hydride-Based Thermal Energy Battery Storage System, which is a very efficient and inexpensive way to store free environmentally friendly Solar Energy. This will help make Solar Energy cost competitive with fossil fuels. The metal-hydride chemical-energy storage system will be used to “close the energy loop.” It will store enough energy in full sunlight to ensure power availability to the user at night and in cloudy conditions.

4) Defense Technology

5) Dispatchable Power: Selling Rechargeable Bucky Battery Packs of Power to Industry

6) The Transportation Sector

Higher Efficiency Thermal Energy Storage

A highly innovated new battery technology.


Metal Granules that Hold Hydrogen

Metal Hydride Thermal Storage has an amazing recharging rate in minutes as opposed to hours.

A Bucky Battery can store thermal energy for 100 years. Metal-hydrogen systems are non-corrosive and they can undergo indefinite cycling with no chemical degradation.

The Bucky Battery is a new improved unique battery technology. Phase Change Material are a substance with a high heat of fusion. By melting and solidifying at a certain temperature they can store and releasing large amounts of energy. Heat is absorbed or released when the material changes from solid to liquid and vice versa, though the mechanism of hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics.

The metal-hydride chemical-energy storage system will be used to “close the energy loop.” It will store enough energy in full sunlight to ensure power availability to the user at night and in cloudy conditions.

The Bucky Battery is a low-cost thermal energy storage system that can store 10 times more energy than current state-of-the-art thermal energy storage systems.

Bucky Batteries are an ecofriendly green technology. Metal Hydride Bucky Batteries can help improve the energy crisis by being a much more efficient and gamer changing way to store energy.

The Bucky Battery represents extreme high efficiency. It is a technology with high energy density, plus the breakthrough advances of no degradation problems, at very low price. The fact the battery does not include any rare materials is an advancement in energy management. It is also offering a higher amount of energy stored per mass of storage material and is lightweight.

Thermal energy transformed into chemical energy. High performance metal hydride based thermal energy storage systems. Thermal energy can be reversibly stored as the heat of reaction of reversible chemical reactions.

Utilization of renewable energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, appears to be the most promising solution for the development of sustainable energy systems without using fossil fuels. Energy storage, especially to store the energy from fluctuating power is quite vital for smoothing out energy demands with peak/off-peak hour fluctuations.

Complex Metal Hydrides


Carbon Nanotubes


Buckyball - Fullerene


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Fullerene

Buckyball Magic Molecule

About - R. Buckminster Fuller: He was a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems. Fuller's ideas and work continue to influence new generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a sustainable planet

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