Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another
massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”
Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”
It’s going to be an incredible ride…
Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Combined, they amount to 15 percent of the battery storage installed planet-wide last year.
The time is almost here when intermittent renewable energy – from the sun or wind- will be stored in batteries and used to power Everything – all day & night long.
Read about it in Bloomberg:
Are you familiar with the “Duck Curve”? Remember the “Bell Curve” in collage statistics? The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time, but going down as the sun goes down. This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation. The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck. Read the article here.
Tesler’s newest model has awakened a huge interest and desire for electric cars.
The Union of Concerned Scientists have published a report this week about the state of electric vehicles in California. Over 200,000 electric cars have been sold in the state at the time of the report. The Union estimates the reduction of over 56 million gallons of gas use by these new cars. That is a very significant amount of CO2 that is not ending up in the atmosphere. Read the NY Times Article Here!
South Korean Grid Will Soon Have Biggest Energy Storage System! They have made use of two massive lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) oxide energy storage systems (ESSs).
In the USA we are not even close to this kind of parity. We were recently at a conference on battery storage in New York State where New York City is even more limiting regarding battery usage then the rest of the country.
There are two issues here:
1) the need to develop safe mass storage systems and
2) possibly to take more of a risk on more unconventional systems.
Read Here About the South Korean system!
Really? Well maybe not today but soon. (five to 10 years). But seriously there appears to have been some significant steps made that will indeed lead to real storage. READ HERE