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Energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough

The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 04 February 2016

Tesla powerwall“It doesn’t always rain when you need water, so we have reservoirs – but we don’t have the same system for electricity,” says Jill Cainey, director of the UK’s Electricity Storage Network.

But that may change in 2016, with industry figures predicting a breakthrough year for a technology not only seen as vital to the large-scale rollout of renewable energy, but also offering the prospect of lowering customers’ energy bills.

Big batteries, whose costs are plunging, are leading the way. But a host of other technologies, from existing schemes like splitting water to create hydrogen, compressing air in underground caverns, flywheels and heated gravel pits, to longer term bets like supercapacitors and superconducting magnets, are also jostling for position.

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Energy storage projects underway in Ontario

Beacon News / David Dodge, Duncan Kinney / 26 June 2015

energy-storageThere are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall, the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla’s new home battery systems.

And while Tesla gets the headlines, other energy storage players shouldn’t be jealous. Musk just gave the nascent industry a billion dollars worth of free press. And in Canada it’s Ontario that’s leading the way in deploying energy storage systems in the field.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ Hat tip to SWITCH! ]

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The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

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