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Battery innovation and investment are going to be key if we're going to curb climate change-related blackouts

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The impacts of climate change have largely driven efforts to innovate and expand renewable energy resources. The world is producing more renewable energy now than at any time in history and such will continue to be the case each year for the foreseeable future. However, within the energy sector, renewable energy generation is not enough to curb the impact climate change has on humans.

More focus needs to be placed on battery storage, otherwise, 2020's rolling blackouts throughout California and the near failure of the Texas electrical grid in winter 2021 will become the norm. Spring 2021 has already prompted grid operators in Texas and in California during heatwaves to tell customers to lighten electricity demand because of the impact of extreme weather. 

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More extreme weather is on its way and will be our new normal. Weatherization can only do so much. Battery storage investment is a smart way to curb the need for rolling blackouts, especially in an increasingly renewable and, thus, volatile energy environment. The transmission investments by the Biden administration got me excited because it showed a real acknowledgment of the unsexy reality of our energy infrastructure. More wind power? Great. More solar projects? Great. These are headline-grabbing announcements. But we need ways to more reliably bank this production and until we do that, rolling blackouts and threats of grid failure due to extreme weather will be our reality. 

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Roberto Quadrini on Jun 24, 2021

For me installing batteries in all states is not the only solution, knowing the enormous environmental a, and recycling cost of batteries. The integrated solution and strategy is in demand management using it as a virtual battery. This is a brief description of adaptive grid https://energycentral.com/c/gr/flexibility-and-technology-transform-power-grid-resilient-digital-infrastructure 

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