US President Donald Trump’s deregulation plans are likely to result in what has been referred to as a ‘dangerous age of plenty’, yet his plans to revive the coal industry will be fighting a losing battle due to the current cheap energy revolution, experts say.
Britain made a huge step towards cutting its umbilical cord with coal-fuelled power on Friday, April 21, when the country celebrated its first whole coal-free working day of modern times in terms of electricity generation.
The National Grid announced the news on Twitter, reporting that West Burton 1 power station, the only running coal-fired plant in the UK at the time, had been taken offline the day before and the country’s electricity had been provided by other sources for a full 24 hours. Although the UK had gone for shorter periods with no coal in 2016, relying on gas and renewables to power the country, the previous record was for 19 hours.
This article focuses on innovative ways of storing energy which will have an application in the take up of renewable sources of power like wind and solar.
One of the biggest obstacles in the switch to renewable energy is the problem of storing power from when the wind blows and the sun shines, to use when it is in most demand.
In Germany power grid stabilisation — ensuring electricity supply matches demand — currently relies largely on conventional power plants (nuclear, coal and gas). These can rapidly increase and decrease power output to match demand, but as coal and nuclear plants are closed new solutions are needed