The global demand for power is increasing. This has caused the environment, energy resources and power grids to face a variety of challenges that often result in high levels of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and elevated indirect costs on society. Too often, energy storage solutions can combat these issues, yet are dismissed by the public as "a technology of the future." As is the case with any new innovation, the public is facing a learning curve. It is critical that stakeholders provide the proper tools and resources to educate society about the true value of energy storage solutions.
The shift to employ renewable technology with energy storage solutions, was initiated to address growing global power demands in an environmentally-friendly manner. 2015 was a record year for energy storage. In fact, more energy storage was installed in the last two months of 2015, than in all of 2013 and 2014 combined. Providing sustainable and efficient energy, free of harmful pollution or greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage projects are leveraged to support a wide variety of applications across diverse markets. Total installs over the last year have a storage capacity of 221 MW- for the stakeholders involved, it is clear that the future of this technology is promising.
Today, the positive impact these solutions present is too significant to ignore. Progressive companies at the forefront of this technology are eager to share information about the many benefits energy storage provides, and in doing so, hope to encourage their communities to strive for a more sustainable future.
One distinguishing solution, recognized for its ability to drive environmental sustainability, is hydrogen generated via Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysis. Key to fully leveraging renewables, hydrogen-based energy storage solutions store excess power generated at times of low demand and distribute the power in periods of heightened demand. Thus, easing intermittent power disruptions and bridging the power and gas grids. This technology is extremely advantageous, eliminating the hassle of peak-time mismatch between demand and supply, energy security concerns, aging power infrastructures and intermittent renewable energy.
Combining grid intelligence with renewable resources, hydrogen-based energy storage provides a dependable, environmentally conscious, low-cost energy supply. Further, these solutions will support the optimization of power production, grid and micro-grid balancing/ load shifting, power-to-gas, hydrogen fueling and biogas upgrade applications. #StorageIsHere