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Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

If renewable energy resources are to reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel power-plants for generating electricity, some means of storing large amounts of energy must be developed to generate electricity during times when the renewable energy resources are not available, for example, when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow. Two common types of bulk energy storage are compressed air energy storage (CAES) and pumped storage hydropower (PSH). The present course provides a brief description of conventional CAES and PSH technologies including their current status as well as an overview of the general limitations of each technology. The course then introduces eight new PSH and nine new CAES technologies. The “newness” of the technologies ranges from technologies that are new to the United States (but present in a foreign country) to technologies that are futuristic (in very early stages of development). The business characteristics, electric grid characteristics, suitable applications, and feasibility of each of the novel technologies are described. Finally, the course identifies the technological gaps and barriers to commercialization, outlines future research and development needs, and recommends a focus for future efforts.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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