Solar Needs More Storage

September 10, 2021

Solar energy has the potential to supply 40% of the electricity used in the United States by 2035, according to a new report from the US Department of Energy. In Issues, a group of energy experts maintains that significantly expanding solar energy and other intermittent power sources will require adding long-duration storage capacity to the electric grid. Sarah Kurtz and her coauthors explore a variety of storage mediums, configurations, and business models that hold promise. They call on policymakers, regulators, entrepreneurs, and the scientific community to continue studying them all, without “picking a winner” too early and shutting down innovation.

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