31 Aug '11, 1pm

Guest Post: The Advanced Smart Grid: Electrical energy storage at utility-scale remains both the Holy Grail fo...

Electrical energy storage at utility-scale remains both the Holy Grail for electric industry redesign and one of the most vexing energy technology challenges. Storage applications may include: Peak shaving (load leveling) systems to help commercial and industrial users manage electricity costs under variable utility tariffs and to help utilities manage generating assets to minimize waste. Renewable integration systems to help power producers, utilities, and end-users cope with the inherent variability of wind and solar power, transforming it into firm, dispatchable power, and to better match peak wind and solar output with peak demand. Power quality systems to protect commercial and industrial users from interruptions that cost an estimated $75 billion to $200 billion per year in lost time, lost commerce, and damage to equipment. Transmission and distribution support syste...

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