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Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power

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Wind and solar energy are intermittent sources of energy: the wind does not blow continuously nor does the sun always shine. If wind and solar power are ever to provide a significant portion of national energy use, devices are required that store the energy as it is generated and distribute the energy as it is needed. This course describes a number of such devices. The three most promising technologies are singled out for detailed study: pumped storage hydropower (PSH), compressed-air energy storage (CAES), and high-energy batteries. Issues of performance, site availability, costs, environmental impacts, the need for additional transmission lines, market development, and regulation are discussed.

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Characteristics of batteries, PSH, CAES, flywheels, capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage, vehicle-to-grid, and hydrogen energy storage
Power component and energy component of storage technologies
Cost and performance of PSH, CAES, and high-energy batteries
Site availability for PSH and CAES installations
Environmental and social impacts (land and water use, greenhouse gas emissions)
Market and regulatory barriers to storage deployment


Aug 27, 2020


Civil Engineering , Electrical Engineering , Electrician , Mechanical Engineering





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