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A major concern for renewable power industries is storage. Figuring out how to save that energy for those rainy, windless days and nights would benefit bottom lines, grid stability, and ultimately, the Earth. For solar’s sake, MIT engineers have been making inroads in chemically storing the sun’s energy as heat rather than electricity. The idea is to develop a thermal battery that can take in and release solar energy on demand, and over and over again.