23 Apr '15, 12pm

The Future of Energy Storage and the Rise of Big Batteries

When examining the machine that is our electric grid, a compelling fact is that we are relatively unable to store electric energy. We must create as much as we consume, and can only consume as fast as we create. One issue that comes up in the renewable space when meditating on this relentless and necessary cycle is that renewable energy is intermittent. That is, we can generate it when the sun is shining or when the wind is blowing, but it cannot be captured and saved on a large scale. Innovative storage solutions, however, will be able to capture a late night wind, store it, and deploy that energy during peak times. Storage technology could allow for a more efficient and resilient grid; a grid powered by widespread use of renewables. Storage can also lower the need for consumers to pay for keeping peak generation facilities online. As detailed below, there are a number of...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/04...

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