Demand peaks are not a power utility’s best friend. Sometimes they occur in familiar patterns, like American families preparing breakfast
We wrote recently about how Sheffield University is using flywheels and batteries to balance grid frequency. This is becoming increasingly important as we feed energy from greener sources.
Shifting across to green solar and wind power has had its limitations, to date. In the Upper Afan Valley near Swansea, Wales, plans are afoot
We should pity poor old batteries when they get a bad press. After all, we would not have self-starting automobiles without them.
We have not been particularly smart about the way we democratized electricity. The mass emergence of home air conditioners strained our grids
Bruny Island is actually a pair of islands off the southeast coast of Tasmania connected by a narrow spit of sand. Its residential population of approximately 600 expands exponentially during holiday season
The island of Eigg, in the Scottish Hebrides, would be unremarkable except for one thing. After all, it has less than 100 inhabitants.
Early power stations served local power grids. Perhaps the earliest one belonged to a wealthy British aristocrat.
We wrote a post about a fellow named John Goodenough in October 2016. We marveled how, at age 94 he was still not content with having invented lithium batteries.
Africa lags behind the first world on many dimensions. This is not due to lack of will. It simply does not have the money to implement technology.