Getting to safe, reliable, zero maintenance residential storage
- Jul 24, 2020 4:23 pm GMT
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Like it or not, electrification is coming — for some fast, and others slow, but it is coming. With that comes electric vehicles and rooftop(backyard) solar. As with the issues air conditioning caused in the 1960s and 70s, electrification will cause issues from now until who knows when.
Some argue that the grid is dead and that microgrids will handle all the issues — until confronted with the energy density of vibrant major cities, like Toronto or New York. There just is not enough available energy in the wind and sun to produce what is needed locally. Likewise, if we proceed with an all-electric future, then our grid may not be ready to support the movement of energy between both location and time. Location issues mean a more robust grid; time means a way to save it for the future. A tool that needs to be in the toolbox is small customer storage. Residential, small commercial and even very small industrial sites may need storage. Even most microgrids will do better with storage. Regardless of overgeneration or too much demand, energy has to move, and it also has to be available when people want it under today’s regulatory rules. There is no busy signal on the electric grid.
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