U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Predicts Decarbonized Grid by Mid-Century Due to Storage Advances

An article in the Telegraph by Ambrose Evans-Prichards looks at the current state of energy storage technologies and predicts that the next energy revolution is only 5-10 years away. He reports about how the US Department of Energy funding 75 different energy storage technologies.

Article is here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/10/holy-grail-of-energy-policy-in-sight-as-battery-technology-smash/

From the article:

There are plans for hydrogen bromide, or zinc-air batteries, or storage in molten glass, or next-generation flywheels, many claiming “drastic improvements” that can slash storage costs by 80pc to 90pc and reach the magical figure of $100 per kilowatt hour in relatively short order.

“Storage is a huge deal,” says Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary and himself a nuclear physicist. He is now confident that the US grid and power system will be completely “decarbonised” by the middle of the century.

Ambrose-Prichard states that if these predictions are realized then the need for new nuclear plants like the one under discussion by the British government at Hinkley Point would be eliminated. If you can store the energy from wind and solar efficiently, then the intermittency problem (which requires lots of backup power generation systems for wind and solar installations) would be reduced, and according to Ernie Moniz, could be eliminated within a few decades.

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  • Zephir
    • roseland67


      Operative word?


  • Zephir

    LENR would eliminate most of grid and energy storage requirements instead. Which is just the reason, why the guys like Moniz enforce the opposite.

  • Zephir

    MIT Physicist Nixes Cold Fusion Funding http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2884679/posts

    …”..However, a very famous physicist at MIT, who is involved in the energy program, found out what we were trying to do, and he cancelled the program. And he called up the vice president of the company and said some things that weren’t very polite about the research. And not only did the funding not come and the experiments didn’t happen, but my colleagues at the company were very worried about where they’re going to work next. As you know, there are unemployment issues currently in our bad economy, so there’s a fundamental difficulty with respect to getting support for the experiments, and what that means is that the science can be expected to go very slowly for these reasons, until a solution is found to this problem…”

    This “very famous physicist” was Ernest Moniz. Not surprisingly the situation with cold fusion research in the USA by now is as it is…

    • You’re right Zephir. The donor was Lockheed Martin. Ernie Moniz practically threw the $ back at them. It was a private company donating research money. What was the harm in that?

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  • bachcole

    Even though I think that AGW is 99% hogwash, I welcome a de-pollutionized, non-sustainable grid.

  • Gerard McEk

    I do not think that flywheels will ever be able to compete with batteries if you look to storage capacity and economics. They may be able to compete in short lasting peak powers, but there they will find super caps as their compatitors. Further I principally agree with the vision that energy storage systems will play a major role in the de carbonization, if not LENR kicks in.

  • Carl Wilson

    In order for renewable energy from wind & PV installations to
    provide energy at their less optimum times, they are built to be capable
    of producing more than needed at optimum times. The cheaper such
    installations are to make the more it pays to install this extra capacity. This means that there is an ever-growing jackpot waiting for improved storage technology.