Friday, August 4, 2017

State of Energy Storage Methods

The crux of using intermittent renewable energy sources is how they integrate with flexible, conventional sources of energy to generate uninterrupted power. The link between both is the specific energy storage technology that is used. 

The state of storage technologies were reviewed by IEA 2014. Though it would be good to have an update, it is still a good resource to read as it reflects the current level of understanding of energy storage by mature countries in the IEA club.

An excellent database of storage plants around the world is maintained and updated by the U.S Department of Energy (Link). Engineers might want to head out there and learn the characteristics of some of these plants.

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