Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power
Wind and solar energy are intermittent sources of energy: the wind does not blow continuously nor does the sun always shine.
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.
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
Intended Audience: for engineers concerned with the development of alternative energy technologies for electrical generation.
Publication Source: US Dept. of Energy
Dr. Rossow is a graduate of the University of Michigan with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. He taught civil engineering for over 35 years, including six years at Washington University in St. Louis and 29 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department for ten years. His areas of expertise are in civil engineering and mechanics. He has consulted for various organizations, including government agencies and an international offshore drilling company. He has published numerous technical journal articles and technical reports for a variety of governmental agencies and private sector organizations.