This post looks at fifteen kinds of utility or grid scale energy storage solutions that are either in wide use or have significant potential to supply the energy storage capacity that will help make the grid both more efficient and more robust. These range from pumped hydro, which is by far the most prevalent form of energy storage at this scale to compressed air, thermal storage, advanced batteries, fuel cells and purely electric storage systems.
A new study that is sure to create some controversy proposes that the world can provide for all of its energy needs, including electric, transportation, heating/cooling energy needs using only wind, water, and solar power by 2030.
I attended an information sessionrecently put on by the vice president of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Peter Levasseur. It was an excellent presentation, but if this thing gets any more complicated I may have to….well, I don’t know what I may have to do, but it would probably involved whining about it to deaf ears throughout cyberspace. Actually the changes, in my opinion, are very sensible, they just take a little time to go back and learn. And since human beings are very lazy (no it’s not just me), we don’t like having to learn something even once, let alone twice, and then again in another three years. C’mon didn’t we graduate from school for a reason?