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Batteries could replace three California power plants

Unread postPosted: Fri 22 Dec 2017, 11:06:06
by KaiserJeep
Metcalf energy center is slightly less than two miles from my house in Silicon Valley's Southern extreme. When the plant is operating it's natural gas fuelled turbines in the Summer afternoons, if the wind is just right you can smell the stack effluents. A few years ago, somebody with a rifle shot up a few million dollars of power transformers, and cut thousands of fiber optic cables which ran through Metcalf. They called it "domestic terrorism", but if they ever found the perpetrators, I never heard about it.

Now the proposal is to replace the 605 megawatts of turbine power, using batteries and solar panels. During peak power periods, BOTH the solar panels and the batteries would be providing grid power, without producing atmospheric pollution.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Batteries-could-replace-three-California-power-12428238.php

I like the idea myself.

Re: Batteries could replace three California power plants

Unread postPosted: Fri 22 Dec 2017, 11:28:31
by Plantagenet
Tesla just built a huge battery storage unit in Australia---no reason they couldn't build three of them in California.

I'm surprised this isn't already approved and under construction in California---why is Australia so far ahead of us?

Cheers!

Re: Batteries could replace three California power plants

Unread postPosted: Fri 22 Dec 2017, 16:32:37
by Shaved Monkey
Plantagenet wrote:Tesla just built a huge battery storage unit in Australia---no reason they couldn't build three of them in California.

I'm surprised this isn't already approved and under construction in California---why is Australia so far ahead of us?

Cheers!

Socialism
It was SA state government
Left leaning government with high renewable targets,this is state subsidised.
Relying on massive wind generation(a lot of solar too)
Needed storage desperately after 2 major black outs last year (one was a storm that destroyed pylons the other was no wind on a hot day).
Then it started with a tweet between 2 friends, from an Australian tech euntrapenuer to Tesla that went viral and gave Tesla lots of free publicity
and a State Government that was willing to pay for it with tax revenue.

a bit more Socialism will build an even bigger battery,with pumped Hydro
The scheme is State and Federally owned

The Snowy Mountains hydro scheme, built between 1949 and 1974, is made up of 16 dams, seven power stations and 225km of tunnels.

The proposal to expand the scheme – dubbed Snowy Hydro 2.0 – involves boring 27km of tunnels linking the Talbingo dam, at an elevation of 552 metres, to the Tantangara reservoir, at 1,233 metres, so energy can be generated by pumping water uphill to the higher reservoir when energy is cheap (say, in the middle of the night) and releasing it back downhill when energy is in high demand and prices are higher.

It will expand the Snowy Hydro scheme by 2,000 megawatts, enough to power 500,000 homes, adding to the scheme’s 4,100MW capacity.

Snowy 2.0 could run for over seven days continuously or 15 days at times of peak demand without “recharging”.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... cked-study

When we get a left leaning Government back in Federally they hopefully change it to pumping water up hill with renewables instead of coal (as the current Conservative government likes)