29 Sep '15, 3pm

Widespread Battery Storage Will Be Bad News For Gas And Coal Generators

With enough battery storage peaking gas plants aren’t required. They can be shut down. But when electricity demand is high, and or renewable production is low, a load following combined cycle gas plant which would be more efficient and less greenhouse gas intensive than peaking generators, can be switched on. When the supply exceeds demand the batteries soak it up and discharge it during periods of high demand when peak gas generators would otherwise be used. We’ve got our seasonal storage already installed in Australia in the form of hydroelectric dams that supply 8% of our electricity and are run at under 25% of capacity. Sure, hydropower won’t be as useful in that role in Europe, but it’s still helpful.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/29/widespread-battery-st...

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