Saturday, 9 January 2016

Renewable energy storage

A 5 megawatt Li-Ion battery storage facility has been opened in Oregon, U.S.A. It is only a demonstration project, as the cost of storing excess energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind generation is still not a practical solution. This demonstration is part of a micro-grid - a local grid that stores energy for the local community, and it can even provide power when the national grid is down, due to bad weather, industrial accidents, etc.
Lithium-Ion battery store
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a five-year, $178-million project that launched in 2010. Projects such as this that spend significant cash on renewable energy equipment will help to kick-start the industry and bring down the price of high quality batteries, such as the Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is already finding widespread use in homes, gardens and the building industry (especially hand tools). Renewable Energy

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