The energy industry is once again alight with conversation after a new study has delved into the potential of storing power from wind farms in undersea rock beds. The “nirvana” of the sector, renewable energy storage, has taken another step after it was suggested that wind turbines could be powered all-year around – driven by energy released from gas trapped in sandstone. Simon Gray is the chief executive of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and said: “Energy storage is the nirvana of the sector, because currently when we have the most demand for electricity is when it’s not windy enough for turbines or sunny enough for solar.
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Building more solar and curtailing surplus electricity could be cheaper than adding battery storage. That’s according to a Solar Potential Analysis (SPA) report from MS Solar Pathways, which found installing more capacity and not using it all the time would be considerably less expensive than installing long-term or seasonal storage in Minnesota. It notes storage would still play a significant part of a high renewables future because it expands the dispatch capabilities of wind and solar assets and can smooth out intermittency but shows overbuilding solar power facilities is a preferential option.
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