Pumped Hydro Storage

Clean Links: Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, Clean Transport, Energy Storage, Geothermal, & Waste-2-Energy News Roundup

  Some other top cleantech posts from the past couple weeks or so: Wind Power 1. Vestas published an interesting video on the chemistry of wind turbine blades (above) — interesting. 2. “A consortium led by GICON Grossmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH has developed a floating platform designed to be used for offshore … [continued]

Next Five Years: 4x the Energy Storage (Maybe)

  Energy storage is always an issue, whether it’s storing enough power to run an electric car or storing enough solar-generated electricity to supply power while the sun isn’t shining. KEMA, a global energy consultancy company headquartered in the Netherlands, recently released a report analyzing U.S. energy storage over the … [continued]

New Methods to Store Hydrogen

One of the biggest obstacles to large-scale use of hydrogen-powered fuel cells is in how to store the hydrogen, a task which currently requires high pressure,… which, itself, is energy intensive. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are aiming to solve this problem by creating new materials in which to store the hydrogen.

Minnesota Study Finds Promise in Using Abandoned Mesabi Iron Range Mines to Store Wind Energy

There’s promise in reclaiming abandoned open pit iron ore mines in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range and reusing them to store energy from wind turbines and farms. Utilities, industry and government are increasingly looking at hydroelectric pumped storage as an efficient, clean means of making more use and better managing growing amounts of intermittent electrical power being produced from wind energy.

Hydrogen Storage-Fuel Cell System to Smooth Out Intermittent Wind Power in Germany

Ontario’s Hydrogenics has won a contract from the German city of Herten to install a hydrogen production-storage-fuel cell system that the city will use to smooth out intermittent wind power generation. “Electrolyzing water into hydrogen using excess intermittent renewable energy is the optimal clean pathway to smart grid stabilization and energy storage capacity,” stated Hydrogenics’ CEO.