Minnesota utilities should invest in Finland's batteries R&D experience
- Aug 23, 2021 4:30 pm GMT
Minnesota's Investor Owned Utilities such as Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power and Otter Tail Power Corporation are at the front lines of utility scale renewable energy in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.
If wind energy got Minnesota to the top of the renewable charts in MISO, solar and energy storage can help Minnesota maintain that lead. One country that is similar to Minnesota in the Nordics is actually in a position to provide that support - namely, Finland.
Finland is the leader in
- Battery system engineering
- Developing battery applications for harsh use
- Traceability in the value chain
- Battery safety
- Large scale recycling of lithium batteries
- Battery raw materials and chemicals
Now would be the time for Minnesota utilities to enter into partnerships with Finnish organizations in the energy storage and specifically in the batteries space.
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