12. Energy Storage

  1. C. Julian Chen

Published Online: 11 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch12

Physics of Solar Energy

Physics of Solar Energy

How to Cite

Chen, C. J. (2011) Energy Storage, in Physics of Solar Energy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch12

Author Information

  1. Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470647806

Online ISBN: 9781118172841



  • energy storage, two types - utility-scale massive energy storage and application-related, distributed energy storage;
  • sensible heat energy storage, heat capacity utilization - change in temperature, process of charging or discharging;
  • phase transition thermal storage - using phase-change materials (PCMs), higher thermal energy storage density achieved;
  • rechargeable batteries - technology of rechargeable batteries, phenomenal expansion;
  • solar energy and electric vehicles - electric cars using rechargeable batteries, Li ion batteries as storage medium


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sensible Heat Energy Storage

  • Phase Transition Thermal Storage

  • Rechargeable Batteries

  • Solar Energy and Electric Vehicles

  • Problems