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The world's biggest battery looks nothing like a battery

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 01:33 The largest battery in the world consists of two lakes in Virginia. How do these lakes operate as a battery?
  2. 02:09 Using clean-energy sources for electricity presents several challenges. What is one challenge batteries can help us overcome?
  3. 02:43 What are some obstacles that make the two-lakes battery in Virginia and lithium-ion batteries ineffective options for consistently storing adequate amounts of electricity?
  4. 04:30 How is a skyscraper, molten salt, or a bacteria activated by saliva an example of a battery? What are the advantages and challenges of these weird, experimental batteries?