While on my recent trip to the beautiful south lands of India, I could not help but notice the fields of shining solar energy panels outside the Cochin International Airport. Our driver was more than happy to inform us that this was the world’s first airport to become solar-powered, as the new energy provides all the power the airport needs to function. I would say it is indeed a great way to set an example to the world by contributing to the environment.
With the onset of everything and almost everyone moving ahead to help sustain the world, the trend of using renewable energy is slowly but steadily picking up pace. Be it by switching to electric vehicles from the fuel operated ones, recycling waste materials for renewed products, to putting alternative energies to work for our daily tasks, we will be seeing a lot more of this in the near future.
What is Renewable Energy?
To term it, Renewable Energy is basically generated from natural processes that are continuously refilled. It includes sunlight, wind, water, geothermal heat and various forms of biomass. This form of energy cannot be exhausted and is always renewed.
Oil, gasoline, coal, and gas fuels are used now by burning them to create energy, thereby creating carbon and other emissions. To maintain zero-carbon emissions, electricity worldwide is provided by a 100% renewable energy supplies backed by utility scale storage systems. Utility scale energy storage is an essential aspect of achieving a no carbon world energy profile. The renewable energy generated from wind and solar sources is intermittent, so efficient storage in needed to make it work.
Batteries – Storage cases for Energies
The total demand for batteries from the stationary storage and electric transport sectors is dependent on the will of the people on earth to move away from carbon emitting poison gas emitting fuels that are burned. The move has to be from poison fuel to renewable energy.
Batteries are changing in response to the implementation of wind and solar renewable energy systems. Lithium Ion batteries represent the state of the art now. Solid state batteries represent the next generation of power storage for vehicles. Nanotechnology permits units to be miniaturized, standalone, and portable. Utility scale lithium flow batteries have been developed to offer utility scale advantages. Advantages are evident in power and density: low-power draw and high-energy density. They have limitations that are still being addressed by vendors. But they are good enough to be installed and to be bankable. Projects using the utility scale storage can be financed.
A wave of advances is bringing a new generation of utility scale batteries. Flow batteries support deployment of wind and solar power on a grand scale. Flow batteries can be implemented as a type of fuel cell. Demand for storage increases as the value it provides is recognized. Utility scale energy storage is useful in balancing the proportion of variable, renewable generation. Variability in generation in the electricity system is managed as storage is put in place and realized. Batteries increasingly will be chosen to manage this dynamic supply and demand mix of renewable energy. Once the flow batteries are in place uptake of renewable energy will be rapid. Energy storage is a practical alternative to existing utility networks.
To bring about a change that is good for the future of our world, the next generation of people need to ban together to motivate their workplaces and their communities to install utility scale energy storage packaged with renewable energy solar and wind generators. Although a policy action is needed to support the transition to renewables and ensure a sustainable energy future, only people working together will get the job done, the task takes all of us.