Electricity storage’s time has come

I especially like the idea that battery technology today is where PV was 10 years ago. At the beginning of a dramatic drop in prices.

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3 responses to “Electricity storage’s time has come”

  1. Kip Gardner says :

    Since any storage system is subject to the laws of thermodynamics, I think there are better options than batteries (although advances in battery technology are important for many reasons.) Batteries, no matter how well made or efficient will have a high resource footprint, at least in terms of using any existing or near-timeline likely battery technology. Better options would be hydrogen production via electrolysis or pumped storage, both proven technologies that are long-lasting and have small footprints once constructed.

    • Ken Huck says :

      As I see it pumped storage would be being built by private capital now if we had a rational electricity pricing model. Namely that all users paid more when the demand goes high and pay less when the demand goes low. AKA time of use pricing. The current pricing model seems to be a huge incentive for utilities to keep putting fossil fuel plants into service. I see bi-directionally grid interactive pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles as potential utility game changers. Who needs peaking plants when widely distributed vehicles with peak shaving capacities are distributed closer to the peak loads. All these interesting alternatives seem buried under the established regulatory system.

      Ken Huck

  2. keenan says :

    Wow! Low-cost power storage would be a huge game-changer!

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