The Holy Grail Of Batteries

“Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E

A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

Thu 3 Mar 2016”

US agency reaches ‘holy grail’ of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates | Energy storage | The Guardian

On September 6, wind and solar were producing 6% of US electricity, while natural gas and coal were producing 66%.

Real-time Operating Grid – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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4 Responses to The Holy Grail Of Batteries

  1. Trevor says:

    Hahahaha. I burst out laughing at the Monty Python clip. Thanks Tony for the belly laugh. You nailed it.

  2. oeman 50 says:

    And please note, the Elkhorn energy storage facility at Moss Landing caught fire a couple of days ago and closed California 1 . The story says firefighters (assisted by PG&E)
    ‘fought” the fire. It is my understanding “fighting” a lithium battery fire consists of watching it burn out.

    • conrad ziefle says:

      We just took a trip to the Black Hills, and someone mentioned the storage facility at Moss Landing. I’ll have to tell them it burned.
      As far as I can tell, the modern global warming crusade is about filling the landscape with monstrous machines to collect and store low density energy and concentrate sufficiently for human use. This is done by exhausting rare earth materials that could have been used for advanced technology and science. Their theory is: If we just build the pyramids big enough, and throw enough valuable things into the miracle lake, then the gods will save us.
      While on our trip, I thought to create a tee-shirt that shows the footprint of gas turbine facility surrounded by the footprint of an equal solar array, say a Mega watt of generation. The problem is the solar array would only have a peak output, and it’s output periodically 0, daily and almost zero during the winter. The gas turbine can run 24/7/365. So possibly the tee-shirt would say this much land needs to be covered by solar collector’s to generate the same amount of electricity as this gas turbine. And on the back of the tee-shirt have 10,000 dots of various colors, with only 4 which are black. And it says the CO2 is black. Can you find them? Do you think they can raise the Earth’s temperature? Or something like that.

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘The battery storage systems developed with Arpa-E’s support are on the verge of transforming America’s electrical grid, a transformation that could unfold within the next five to 10 years, Williams said.’

    ‘Storage’ is a trick to get people to believe that renewables can work. “Intermittency? No problem, we’ll just use storage.”

    The problem for the public is they don’t comprehend the scale. It would be like trying to power your home with 2 D batteries. This isn’t complicated. Dr Williams has to know she is lying. She did it for the cause. And the money.

    Grid scale batteries cost money and produce nothing. Indeed, the very suggestion says your design is bad.

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