# Intro

Taking example calculation at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_air_energy_storage -

a 500 gallon propane tank stores .75 kWhr of energy when compressed to 200 PSI. Pressure rating of propane tanks is 215 PSI - . Taking efficiency of an air engine - generator to be 50% - we have .4 kWhr. So a 500 gallon tank would get us 0.4 kW hr of usable energy.

# Storage Math

• 500 gal propane take - 66 cu ft x10 = 660 cu ft. Cost is \$1500 + installation, so about \$2000.
• 250 cu ft is \$300 for Type K Cylinder.
• Advantage here is high modularity, scalability.
• Type K tanks are about 2x less expensive than propane tanks.

# Usage

• 7 cfm for .2 hp at \$250 
• One type K cylinder at 250 cfm runs this for 35 minutes

# Cost

• 500 gal propane tanks - \$1600 
• \$1500 for 500 gal + double for install 

# Calculations

For volume of 500 gallons (propane tank) -

E=Pressure x Volume.

```=200 PSI x 1.9 cu meters
=1,400,000 Pascals x 1.9 cu meters
=2.7 million Joules
=.75 kW hr
```

With 60% efficient air engines - this makes it slightly under 1/2 kWhr of energy storage.

For comparison, one motorcycle battery at \$20provides a comparable amount of electrical energy storage, making a weak case for compressed air storage on cost considerations.

• However, a motorcycle bat will last you a year, whereas the tank will be unlimited lifetime.

For comparison - if one could generate an average of 50W via wind power, that appears to be an easier route of power generation.