25 Jul '11, 9pm

Toward a More Stable Grid: New Technological Solutions for an Old Problem: Filed under: Energy News

For power providers, grid stabilization has been a rising concern in recent years, especially because of the increasing use of intermittent energy sources such as wind turbines. Maintaining a stabilized energy grid is difficult because of the unpredictability of these intermittent energy sources. If wind turbines, for example, are supplying 5% of the overall power for the electric grid and the turbines stop moving because the air grows still, the grid has to find a way to kick into overdrive to compensate for this sudden decrease in energy. It's not as easy as it sounds. Philip LeGoy, senior consultant of power plant design for Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board , says his country is regularly obtaining 25% of its electricity from wind. “If I’ve got 1000 megawatts of wind power,” he says, “it is a detrimental thing when it goes offline.” When the amount of energy provided ...

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