The Grid and Batteries
Z Gary Yang discusses challenges of combining the two with ClimateWire
Batteries are not a new idea when it comes to dealing with upsets in the electrical grid. Whether those upsets come from storm damage to rural power lines or balancing the supply and demand of wind energy, batteries might help balance the grid. Might being the operative word. In ClimateWire, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Dr. Z Gary Yang, a stationary power expert, commented on the problems of using today's lithium-ion batteries to solve supply and demand issues in Russia. He also remarked on the need to consider different storage technologies and specific regional needs to accurately evaluate the possible use of today's batteries with alternative energy sources.