Energy storage comes of age

US electric car maker Tesla launched the world’s first lithium-ion batteries for houses last month. They will enable homeowners to store solar and wind energy, and possibly get off the grid for good.

Storing energy is now coming into its own.
Storing energy is now coming into its own.

The launch reflects the growing market for energy storage solutions as society begins switching to cleaner but less reliable power sources − such as wind, tidal, waves and solar.

Special issue

To keep civil engineers up to date with the latest developments, ICE has just published a special issue of its Energy journal on the topic.

Technologies covered include large-scale liquid air schemes, pumped hydro systems, lithium-ion grid batteries, distribution network storage and regulatory issues.

Fossil fuels ‘too cheap’

Honorary editor Nick Jenkins of Cardiff University says fossil fuel has until now been too convenient and cheap to allow energy storage systems to be developed and used widely. ‘This is changing and we can look forward to increasing numbers of installations of a wide range of energy storage technologies.’

‘The low-carbon power systems now being developed in response to climate change offer more opportunities for electrical energy storage systems to assist in balancing supply and demand, as well as supplying a whole range of ancillary services.’

For more information, please contact the ICE Proceedings editor Simon Fullalove on +44 (0)20 7665 2448 or at [email protected].

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