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Batteries: A Challenging Solution
Storage of energy has been a recurring problem; the supply of the energy depends on the erratic climatic conditions and mass renewables generation has the challenge of making supply and demand meet. Batteries can store energy for rainy days, but are they feasible?
FREMONT, CA: Reliance on fluctuating resources has created an excess of economic and volatility issues. The issues such as non-dispatchable renewable sources have made it challenging to achieve a 100 percent renewable grid. With the increased feasibility of mass renewable integration, energy storage and battery technology are improving.
Batteries Reduce Renewable Integration Challenges:
Traditional power systems have addressed load fluctuations using peaker plants’ capacities. The storage gives the renewables the functionality to reduce congestion and fluctuation concerns in the resource. In small scale, batteries can carry out the same purpose for distributed and residential renewables.
With batteries, the renewable generation facilities can store energy generated in excess during availability of resources and supply it later during deficit to the grid. The batteries also provide flexibility in control of the dispatch of energy to the grid for operators to avoid congestion issues.
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Batteries Reduce Renewable Volatility:
The renewable generation facilities depend upon the weather to generate power, and the constantly changing weather patterns create instability in the grid. Batteries are the solution; they allow power generation in favorable conditions and automatically dispatch it as the resources available fluctuate. The implementation of batteries in the systems will allow for time-shifting of the production and utilization of it will address the concerns of recurring fluctuations in scenarios such as “duck-curve.”
Batteries have decreased congestion and volatility from the fickle weather patterns and have enhanced the stability of renewable energy for making the renewable grid 100 percent efficient.
Batteries and Storage cannot be managed yet:
Although battery and storage technologies have managed the two critical problems, it isn’t easy to implement. There exist significant hurdles that the industry must jump over to make the mass integration feasible. The factors include the cost optimization, supply infrastructure that needs to be upgraded, planning and modeling of the process customizable to that particular region, and the scheduling of dispatch.
As the generation from renewable energy advances towards a mature state, the storage and batteries have gone through shifts that have resulted in growth and ability to address drawbacks. Despite this, the large scale thermal and hydro storage have been challenging to scale, and batteries are not yet made viable.