How Batteries Fit with Renewables – Report from Down Under

March 8, 2018

Above, short synopsis of problem, and solution, for instability of Australian power grid.
Worth noting that Germany, with some of the highest penetration of renewables anywhere, has a grid 10 times as stable as the US.

Below, Australian 60 Minutes report has more details.


8 Responses to “How Batteries Fit with Renewables – Report from Down Under”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    So, a tornado takes out a transmission line or two, and a huge chunk of Australia goes dark. Ummm…… why is this not an argument for burying transmission cables instead of buying huge amounts of battery storage?

    On the other hand, I was shocked (no pun intended) the other day to see someone posit that wind may not be the best way to go, because of the relatively short longevity of turbines. PV panels may well be able to be engineered for extreme longevity if materials are matched to the environmental challenges of where they will be sited. They might last (maintain 80% of original output) for hundreds of years. If we can devise storage systems with the same longevity, all we would need would be solar, which could save us trillions over the long run.

  2. Wow, I had no idea Germany’s power grid is 10 times more stable than the USA’s. More countries need to invest in clean and stable energy because it will help save the environment and direct expenses in the long run. It will be interesting to see how Australia does with its new changes.

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