The first law of thermodynamics states energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed from one type of energy to another. The second law of thermodynamics states when an energy transformation is made, some of the energy lost as heat. That is why there can never be a perpetual motion machine and why energy storage technologies have hitherto struggled to gain traction.
Yet the UK is home to a plethora of energy storage companies attempting to battle these laws of thermodynamics via such technologies as compressed air, large batteries, cryogenics, flywheels and thermal storage. A recent seminar put together by EcoConnect – ‘Electricity Storage: Renewables’ Holy Grail’ highlighted a number of challenges that the industry needs to overcome before it can hope to compete with pumped hydropower as a reliable source of energy storage.
Here my top ‘takeaways’ from the event:
1. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)…
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