Thermal vitality storage could possibly be a key inexperienced innovation participant – Electrek

In at the moment’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia proves thermal vitality storage’s nice potential.
  • Illinois is getting a brand new 185 MW wind farm.
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Thermal vitality storage

A brand new innovation outlook report about thermal vitality storage from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) defines it because the “temporary storage of energy by heating or cooling a storage medium so that the stored energy can be used at a later time for power generation. Thermal energy storage is tested and deployed in a variety of applications, such as utility-scale power generation, industry, district heating and cooling, buildings and cold chain logistics.”

IRENA states that the “global market for [thermal energy storage] could triple in size by 2030, growing… to over 800 GWh within a decade. Thermal energy storage investments can help to fulfill long-term climate and sustainability goals.”

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland, Australia, has already confirmed that thermal vitality storage is efficient. The system (pictured above) was switched on in August 2019, and it’s the primary of its form amongst Australian universities. It has a three-story thermal energy storage tank constructed by environmental options firm Veolia that capabilities as a “battery,” and round 6,500 photo voltaic panels throughout campus rooftops and parking garages.

The 2.1 MW photo voltaic PV system produces sufficient vitality to chill 4.5 megaliters of water. The cooled water is saved and used for air con, which consumes round 60% of the college campus’ electrical energy.

A yr and a half later, USC has launched the system’s efficiency figures, and it’s been an enormous success. It generated more than 3 GWh of electricity in its first 12 months of operation. It additionally put a further 2 GWh of electrical energy into Queensland’s vitality grid.

The undertaking, which is predicted to have a 25-year life, will save USC AU$100 million in electrical energy prices. USC’s aim is to grow to be carbon impartial by 2025.

Here’s a video that explains extra about USC’s system:

New Illinois wind farm

Mason County, Illinois, simply north of Springfield, goes to get a 185 MW wind farm referred to as Glacier Sands. Cordelio Power awarded the undertaking to White Construction, a subsidiary of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (IEA), an infrastructure building firm. The 43-turbine wind farm is predicted to be accomplished in October 2021.

IEA has constructed greater than 20 GW of renewable vitality initiatives throughout North America up to now.

North American Windpower gives the state’s wind power context:

Illinois ranks sixth within the nation for put in wind capability in accordance with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), with over 5,800 MW of wind on-line. Wind accounts for 7.6% of all vitality produced within the state. Illinois additionally ranks third within the nation in wind trade employment, with over 8,000 wind jobs in 2019.

Photo: USC

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