27 Sep '14, 12pm

Inside The $8 Billion California Wind Energy Project

I did a few calculations regarding the planned compressed gas electricity storage site ten-miles north of Delta, UT. If the planned hollowed caverns were cylindrical in shape the total volume of salt removed would be 343,471,128 cubic feet. I doubt there would be a large market for all of it. The amount of fresh water necessary to dissolve that would be much greater. It is in a desert so availability might be a problem. In the article it suggested the electrical power, to compressed air, to electrical power conversion would be efficient. I’m sure there would be some losses in the conversion process in addition to the two legs of the long-distance high-voltage power transmission that may involve AC/DC converter stations. I wonder how much fossil fuels would be consumed in the creation of such a storage, conversion and transmission system. I did notice that a large coal fire...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2014/09/27/inside-8-billion-cali...

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