In Paris and Dubai over the next few months more than over 190 countries will meet to discuss climate change. Their ability to limit carbon emissions and turn the tide will depend on their confidence in energy storage.
Why? Because without advanced storage technologies wind and solar are limited. They only work when the wind blows and the sun shines. Governments considering a green energy future have their hands tied. How can a country commit to solar or wind technology if they depend on the weather?
Points for Exxon-Mobil
The lack of proper energy storage infrastructures hands the fossil fuel industry a huge advantage. They can argue that their noxious liquids are “stored energy” that’s more reliable than wind and solar.
1,000 Years Storm
Of course they are wrong. Hurricane Joaquin made the point painfully clear last week. The “once-in-1,000-years” storm caused plenty of power outages. And it didn’t matter whether your home or business was powered by traditional, wind or solar energy – the power was out.
Lack of storage made everyone equally vulnerable.
In extreme weather conditions – which we will continue to see more of as climate change progresses -- the ability to keep critical services, hospitals, and water treatment facilities operating will depend on energy storage.
If scientists and policymakers can develop do-able energy storage models, they can turn the narrative about carbon emissions around. The fossil fuel industry will lose steam. Its claim that emissions are a necessary byproduct of “dispatchable” energy (that is, energy that’s available at all times, sun, rain sleet or snow) will become irrelevant.
Wind and solar will be just as “dispatchable” as dirty fuel. Storage will remove a keystone in the oil & gas industry’s argument.
We’re Closer Than We Think
Solar and wind are already among the cheapest energy sources available. Utilities are being incentivized to adopt clean energy. If they are failing to act, more than entropy and vested interests are at play.
Green energy must be perceived as being just as reliable, “dispatchable” and convenient as fossil fuels. That’s the piece of the green energy puzzle that’s been missing: storage. Find our more about how storage can work for you in your home with the new book by Renova Energy Corp. Founder Vincent Battaglia - “Cut the Cord: How to Achieve Energy Independence by Joining the Solar-Powered Microgrid Revolution”.