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Britain Bets on Futuristic Batteries to Cut Dependence on Gas

  • From liquid air to elevated reservoirs, technologies take off
  • Energy storage will help the UK shift to wind and solar
A lithium-ion automotive battery pack.

A lithium-ion automotive battery pack.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg 

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Britain, like most of Europe, is facing an energy crisis of epic proportions. Wholesale gas prices have surged again, putting the rocket under the UK’s price cap on household bills. Businesses are at risk of going bust as costs soar.