The Next Steps for Vehicle2Grid
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- Jan 24, 2019 8:33 pm GMTJan 24, 2019 8:33 pm GMT
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Energy storage has been dubbed the silver bullet to the modernization and diversification of our electricity system. Storage can take a host of forms, but the stationary lithium-ion battery appears to have the most hype at the moment. The hype cycle and a certain eccentric billionaire at its center are bringing energy storage and the intricacies of grid operation to the national discourse, but the added benefit of pop culture can bring with it an obfuscation of conscientious planning. Are we overlooking a variety of other storage technologies that can serve niches within the multifaceted electricity system because pop culture and momentum are telling us, overwhelmingly, that a given solution is the best? While lithium-ion is likely the most versatile and can serve a variety of applications, other technologies, such as flow batteries or flywheels, may prove to be more cost effective in serving a specific function.