- Sustainability Problem
- How to make the most of wind and solar power at times to suit the national usage and not just at the moment when the sun shines or the wind blows.
- Summary of Storelectric – Compressed Air Energy Storage
- Jeff Draper’s company Storelectric is already partnering with PwC and is in advanced detailed discussions with Siemens, Balfour Beatty and Alstom to finalize the design of and prepare a standardized roll out facility which can handle power out-puts of 500MW – equivalent to a power station.
- The system involves the storage of compressed air in salt caverns below the ground through a compressor and stored at about 30 times higher than tire pressure. A system which is self sealing and strong.
- The renewable energy would be on tap for the national grid to be used whenever and wherever needed.
- Compressed air, unlike natural gas, is said to be not likely to explode .
- Local Government
- The European Union has awarded Storelectric with technical approval as a Project of Common Interest.
- In talks to establish three test sites, in Cheshire, County Down and Fife.
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The investment in renewables has disrupted the traditional power market and marginalized conventional power stations but wind and solar power lack the ability to respond to peak demand. The need for energy storage is critical, with electricity storage poised to be the biggest growth industry of the 21st century.
Storelectric aims of increasing efficiency and reducing costs by bringing innovative technology form of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) using salt caverns as a means of storing huge amount of energy in a clean and efficient manner. There is a need to “re-invent” compressor and expander technology, including reciprocating compressors capable of handling sufficiently high speeds and capacities.
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