Technology - 30/June/2016

In brief

Electricity storage faces many challenges; Flow-battery uses salt; Satellite mapping can aid climate change adaptation; Ocean tankers on methanol

Storing electricity is not an easy task, Moreover, electricity market structures work against storage economics. The cost of producing, storing and releasing electricity will always exceed the cost of producing and using it immediately. Market prices for electricity seldom compensate for the extra cost of storage, certainly not at the level of individual generating units. Even so, development of battery storage is all the rage. Flow batteries are touted as one of the cheapest ways to store electricity. ...

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