30 Dec '11, 6pm

A Battery as Big as the Grid

Sometime this quarter, a shovel will sink into the dry desert soil of a Mexicali industrial park , breaking ground for the construction of an unprecedented energy-storage facility. Once completed, its batteries will be able to feed a full gigawatt into the grid for 4 to 6 hours. By far the largest installation of its kind anywhere, it will help keep the lights on in Baja California and in the future, Southern California, just across the border. It should also improve the reliability of both the Mexican and U.S. grids and pave the way for using more solar and wind power. And with dozens of other battery--based energy-storage projects in the works elsewhere in the world, 2012 may be a turning point for the electricity industry—where up to now, adding new capacity has always meant building an expensive new power plant. At press time, Jacob Rikard Nielsen, vice president of bu...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/a-batter...

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