The Anonymous Widower

Seabed Rocks Could Act As Green Energy Stores

The title of this post is the same as that of this press release from the University of Strathclyde.

This is the first four paragraphs.

Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests.

An advanced technique could be used to trap compressed air in porous rock formations found in the North Sea using electricity from renewable technologies.

The pressurised air could later be released to drive a turbine to generate large amounts of electricity.

Using the technique on a large scale could store enough compressed air to meet the UK’s electricity needs during winter, when demand is highest, the study found.

I read about this in today’s copy of The Times, which also says the following.

  • There are suitable areas in the North and Irish Seas that can be used.
  • The rocks could store fifty percent more energy than we used January and February.

As similar technology is being used in salt caverns in Germany and the United States, I feel that the idea has possibilities.

 

January 22, 2019 - Posted by | World | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Who is going buy electricity at the price it would cost, so who will fund it?

    Comment by John | January 22, 2019 | Reply

    • The US scheme in Alabama has been funded, so I suspect the economics must add up.

      And if it adds up, it will be funded. Aviva are funding wind farms, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar company funding this technology to generate income for the enormous pension funds they manage..

      Comment by AnonW | January 22, 2019 | Reply


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