Batteries Help Handle Heat Wave
September 16, 2022
During the recent heat wave, California managed the daunting task of keeping consumers supplied with electricity, thanks in part to a new system of large-scale storage batteries that smoothed power flows and protected the electric grid. Indeed, a group of energy experts writing in Issues maintain that long-duration storage technologies, coupled with solar and wind electricity, hold particular promise for meeting society’s need for low-cost, sustainable, carbon-free power. Led by Sarah Kurtz, the authors outline an innovation and adoption strategy, including multidisciplinary R&D, regulatory openness, and financial incentives, to advance long-duration storge systems appropriate for electric grids across the world.