The Anonymous Widower

Will The United States Be The Largest Battery In The World?

This article on Renewables Now is entitled Swell Bags Funds For 200 MWh Of Distributed Energy Storage In VPPs.

This is the introductory paragraph.

US distributed energy and grid solutions provider Swell Energy Inc has secured financial backing for up to USD 450 million (EUR 370.6m) worth of virtual power plants (VPPs) to be deployed across the country.

200 MWh a lot of energy storage and it works out at around $450,000 per MWh.

But it was the last paragraph that caught my eye.

Swell expects distributed energy systems in its portfolio to generate more than 3,000 GW over the next 20 years and customers to potentially store 1,000 GWh for later use.

If that should be 3,000 GWh, that will be 150 GWh per year. By comparison Drax, which is the largest power station in the UK, can generate 34,689.6 GWh in a year.

Drax may be 230 times bigger in GWh per year, but the US numbers are impressive and as wind and solar develop in the country, I suspect the United States will become the largest battery in the world.

Watch the US renewable energy sector grow!

December 15, 2020 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I wonder if this would be a good use of the site of the former nuclear power plan at Crystal River, on the west coast of Florida.

    This is quite a rural, disadvantaged area, and needs the investment. There remains a thermal plant on the site, so the electrical connectivity is there

    The nuclear plant was to be refurbished (new steam generators) but there was a major civil engineering mistake which lead to the containment dome becoming damaged beyond economic repair, leaving to significant loss of revenue to the local economy due to scrapping of a multi-year project.

    The dome damage occurred while the refurbishment was underway, i.e. the reactor had been defueled, so no particular danger with the dome being damaged although it seems the dome may not have been very strong to start with, which is concerning for the design and implementation of that generation of nuclear power plant.

    Some good engineering writeups on the internet on the perils of detensioning reinforced concrete, which the author and readers of this blog might enjoy

    Comment by MilesT | December 21, 2020 | Reply

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