Compressed Air - Energy Storage
The Challenge - How to access electrical energy 24/7
All over the world renewable energy is gaining traction, solar, wind, tidal, geothermic, and a host of other fantastic solutions. But they all have one huge problem they are not a reliable 24/7 energy supply. Businesses, homes, hospitals expect electricity all day every day, not just when the sun shines or the wind blows. So we need to store energy to fill in the gaps in the peaks and troughs in supply.
To date, the answer has been batteries, but there is a problem with this approach, we need millions of them to make a real impact.
According to Bill Gates, 'if all the batteries in the world were connected, they could power the world for just 5 minutes.'
The other concern is that batteries are not very eco-friendly.
The Solution - Compressed Air Energy Storage
We need a big solution to solve this big problem, compressed air, will play a major part of the answer and we cannot get more eco-friendly than air!
The concept is simple, we use the energy generated by renewable sources to run air compressors and this air is pumped and held under pressure in huge underground caverns, these caverns already exist in many parts of the world, when electricity is needed the compressed air is released to turn a turbine that generates electricity 24/7,
“We view Storelectric’s solution as a game-changer that has the potential to speed up the energy transition.” NAM, the largest energy company in Holland. June 2018.
The technology is already available, just a big version of the compressor that pumps up the car tires in your local petrol station.
It has the scale and can power whole cities
No waste by-products
Electricity supply in the UK and around the world is switching from polluting fossil fuel sources – coal, oil and gas – to clean renewable ones – solar, wind, wave and tidal amongst them. This switch is both government-mandated – as governments attempt to meet international climate change targets – and increasingly self-sustaining as the renewables sector gains competitiveness. Most renewable sources are intermittent, only creating electricity when the sun shines or the wind blows, for example, and therefore completely unrelated to when we need it. At the same time as this supply switch is happening, peak electricity demand is expected to rise 2 . Therefore, matching supply with demand is expected to become increasingly difficult. This is because this matching must happen in real-time; electricity largely has to be generated at the instant in time it is consumed.
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