Smaller Battery Units To Ease Strains On Regional Power Grid

Researchers at the Bonneville Power Administration, or BPA, Northwest Pacific National Laboratory, and other partners are exploring ways to ease the bottlenecks on the regional electric power grid. Thus far, the fruit of their labour has been a transportable battery storage system.

It’s 85 percent efficient– it retains 85 percent of the energy stored in it. It could also potentially help BPA and its wind energy producers resolve the problem of overgeneration of power, as well as cut down on grid expansion costs. If thousands of these were deployed, dispatching the batteries in small units would help to balance load inconsistencies, when power supply and demand aren’t in sync.

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