01 Apr '11, 11am

Can a Country Get 90 Percent of Its Power From Renewables?: Seder Boqer, Israel --- Renewable energy is often

Can a Country Get 90 Percent of Its Power From Renewables?: Seder Boqer, Israel --- Renewable energy is often

Seder Boqer, Israel --- Renewable energy is often intermittent and unreliable, but with the right storage technology, it can become a substitute for baseline power. A paper that will soon come out from the National Solar Energy Center in Israel hypothesizes that the country -- which now only gets a tiny fraction of its power from solar -- could conceivably boost the total to 90 percent with things like vanadium redox flow batteries and pumped hydro storage , according to David Faiman, the director of the center and chair of the department of solar energy and environmental physics at Ben-Gurion University here. The paper is based on an hour-by-hour analysis of the country’s electricity consumption in 2006. Faiman’s group studied the baseline power, intermediate baseline and spinning reserves. Solar plants, without storage, could only generate around 3 percent to 4 percent o...

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