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Big Battery Back-ups – An Emerging Wild Card?

Positive Future #486 (Feature photo – Wind Farm – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. – Leaflet)

Scottish Power is building the largest battery ever in the UK to support its wind farms. Once the first battery is completed next year, plans are to build five others.

When winds are high, excess power is stored, and then released when winds are low. This enables renewable wind and solar projects to compete more effectively with older “baseload” technologies such as coal, nuclear and natural gas. Batteries to store wind and solar power are not new at the home level. However, Massive sized batteries for large utility-scale use are a more recent development. These large batteries are a sort of wild-card in determining what powers the world in the future.

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