Tuesday, January 17, 2017

California power companies experiment with using huge batteries as backup "generator stations" to make grid more resilient


The power industry, at least in California, is experimenting with “decentralization” by using huge lithium batteries as if they were supplementary generators, as explained in an article by Dianne Cardwell and Clifford Krauss in the New York Times, Sunday Business, January 15, 2017, here.

The innovation was inspired in part by the huge natural gas leak in southern California in late 2015.
 
The idea could make power plants less dependent on transformers and the outside grid and more resistant to large scale attack or natural disasters like huge solar storms.  Taylor Wilson has proposed that utilities actually install small underground fission generators as backups.

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