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I am from New Zealand and have lived here all of my life. I currently live in the Waikato Region.  I am a New Zealand Qualified and Registered Electrical Inspector, and Industrial...

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Seems relevant to our current situation in New Zealand.

Could be an option to look into these battery storage facilities to prevent future power outages on the national grid. 
Lots of options to invest in future technology.
#renewableenergy #future #innovation #energystorage #technology

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Matt Chester on Sep 22, 2021

When looking to how California is using the batteries on the grid-- is it a one for one comparison with the New Zealand situation? Or would any significant adjustments to tech/strategy be required before it could be effective? 

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Nick Foster on Sep 22, 2021

I think New Zealand’s single biggest problem like many developing countries is investment to infrastructure. There have been no plans for any hydro or they have been stalled. Some investment into geothermal and we have an ageing coal fired power station.

And there is certainly no investment into Nuclear as we still have nuclear free stigma attached. We are only a small country but still suffering from private retailers and generation companies who are only happy to line shareholders pockets. As I imagine happens every where around the world. There also seems to be no planning or future proofing until it’s too late.

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Matt Chester on Sep 22, 2021

INteresting to hear about the lack of investment-- on the nuclear piece, do you have any anticipation that SMRs can start to change some minds, or are the issues people worry about there more about waste/safety than initial costs and build out? 

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Allen Putnam on Sep 22, 2021

The annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Meanwhile, 50–100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced. Think of the waste, energy required to mine this amount of material, the environmental hazards associated with this including the human element (leukemia). It is a fallacy that this can ever be accomplished nor should it be attempted. It is a disaster waiting to happen on a global scale.

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