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Video of the week: The future of energy storage beyond lithium ion

29/03/2020
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Energy storage is the biggest obstacle to overcome when shifting to renewable energy sources. Currently Lithium Ion batteries are the most efficient source of energy storage we have, but this technology comes with its own problems. 

A more effective energy storage solution would be a gamechanger for the industry. In this week's video of the week, we'd like to share with you this report from CNBC that looks into the potential future energy storage solutions that could change the power industry and the world. 

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So tragic; so pathetic; so wasteful of investment and resources. How can so many intelligent entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers be so blinkered about energy storage that they are virtually blind to the inescapable necessity for green hydrogen as the only technology for the future of energy storage? Every technology discussed got low carbon electricity stored and returned electricity back with the limited potential to displace gas for heating/cooling and hot water. It can also displace petroleum for light road transport. But the gargantuan elephant in the room, which makes the green hydrogen economy inevitable is - displacing petroleum for heavy goods and public transport, rail, shipping and aircraft and for use in plastics, cosmetics, steel making, concrete and numerous other industrial applications. Batteries for light vehicles will also be displaced by hydrogen fuel and fuel cells. Hydrogen also represents the 'saviour' of renewables as a complete solution to the 'intermittency problem' for correction of both diurnal and seasonal load following. A 100% renewables world is possible, if salt caverns, for the huge volumes of hydrogen needed to cope with seasonal variations, happen to be available for worldwide use? And then, of course, there is a low carbon competitor to the intermittent renewable technologies, which delivers 24/7 electricity for the production of green hydrogen, without the need for storage. That's nuclear power. The cost and environmental impacts of these competing technologies for the UK are available in a 2 Part Parliamentary report - easily modified and reproduced using the particular figures for any nation's: https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2020/03/parliamentary-report-simplified-costing.html bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2020/04/parliamentary-report-simplified.html
Colin Megson, 02 April 2020
So tragic; so pathetic; so wasteful of investment and resources. How can so many intelligent entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers be so blinkered about energy storage that they are virtually blind to the inescapable necessity for green hydrogen as the only technology for the future of energy storage? Every technology discussed got low carbon electricity stored and returned electricity back with the limited potential to displace gas for heating/cooling and hot water. It can also displace petroleum for light road transport. But the gargantuan elephant in the room, which makes the green hydrogen economy inevitable is - displacing petroleum for heavy goods and public transport, rail, shipping and aircraft and for use in plastics, cosmetics, steel making, concrete and numerous other industrial applications. Batteries for light vehicles will also be displaced by hydrogen fuel and fuel cells. Hydrogen also represents the 'saviour' of renewables as a complete solution to the 'intermittency problem' for correction of both diurnal and seasonal load following. A 100% renewables world is possible, if salt caverns, for the huge volumes of hydrogen needed to cope with seasonal variations, happen to be available for worldwide use? And then, of course, there is a low carbon competitor to the intermittent renewable technologies, which delivers 24/7 electricity for the production of green hydrogen, without the need for storage. That's nuclear power. The cost and environmental impacts of these competing technologies for the UK are available in a 2 Part Parliamentary report - easily modified and reproduced using the particular figures for any nation's: Search for: "these figures will illuminate and assist debate"
Colin Megson, 02 April 2020
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