Friday, June 16, 2017

Battery storage: How it could solve our energy problems

If chief scientist Alan Finkel gets his way, battery energy storage will be central to Australia's energy future.

More Australians are investing in battery
storage for their homes as the
technology gets cheaper
The move to battery technology is a worldwide trend and three state governments — South Australia, Victoria and Queensland — are already going it alone, commissioning their own battery storage to ensure energy security.

Batteries are used to store energy from renewable sources like solar and wind. Dr Finkel recommends all large scale wind and solar generators in Australia should have energy storage capacity.

The batteries will be particularly helpful on days when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow.

"It can be used alongside a solar farm to help smooth the output and make any disruptions less likely and much more manageable," said Kobad Bhavnagri, head of Asia Pacific economics and policy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


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