Introduction to Energy Storage Technology

Introduction to Energy Storage Technology

Key to the generation of high proportions of power from inherently variable renewable energy sources is the use of energy storage. Storage is necessary to both smooth out short term mismatches between supply and demand and to balance longer-term, inter-seasonal differences. In this video, Colin describes the present and future energy storage technologies including how new manufacturing models are being used for batteries and solar panels.
Overview

A key to the generation of high proportions of power from inherently variable renewable energy sources is the use of energy storage, to both smooth out short term mis-matches between supply and demand and to balance longer term, inter-seasonal differences.

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the present and future energy storage technologies

  • Describe how new manufacturing models are being used for batteries and solar panels

  • Explain the significance of bi-directional connection of electric vehicles

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Colin Palmer

Colin Palmer

Colin has been involved in renewable energy since the late 1970's. In 1988 he launched his own renewable energy company Windcluster Ltd, which financed and built one of the first wind farms in the UK. Colin has also been a director of the British Wind Energy Association and ReGen Southwest as well as a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol.

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