Even though many long-awaited energy storage innovations, contrary to some expectations, have not yet been introduced en mass as offerings for the average person, a string of announcements this year point that solutions in this field are rapidly developing.
Grid energy storage is extremely important for all power plants that produce electricity from renewable energy sources. Moreover, it plays a major role in the struggle to minimize the negative impact human evolution has on the planet.
The concept of wind energy is not a new one, in fact, wind generated power has been employed for centuries. The wind is used to accomplish tasks every day, and if it can be adequately and cost effectively harnessed, it could eventually be used to wean ourselves from polluting, expensive energy sources that are damaging to the environment. Wind energy is renewable and non-polluting. Now, it is time to focus on finding a good, reliable method of storing this energy source.
The concepts of solar, wind, and even water energy as a renewable power sources are not new by any stretch of the imagination. The sticking point for all of them has always been the same: the most reliable and economic way to store energy for later demand usage. The sun beats down during the day giving heat and light; there is less demand for electricity for lights and other items during the day when we are away from home at jobs and at school.
If you have ever lifted a traditional lead and acid, wet cell car battery, you know how incredibly heavy they are when they are fully charged. Not very big, they have a dense heaviness that is, if you will pardon the pun, shocking to most people.
Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) has released its MPR or micro power module with the name Infinergy. Infinergy MPMs are plug and play power modules which, the company says will eliminate the cost of conventional battery replacement over the lifetime of the system when it is combined with energy harvesting devices. The company also says that the Infinergy MPM products have three functional elements, which include: nearly perfect energy storage, efficient power management electronics and a regulated output voltage.
For the purpose of defining the genre: energy storage devices include flywheel energy storage systems (FES) capacitors, batteries, fuel cells, compresses air energy storage systems and others. Of these, the FES, capacitors and super conducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems hold the largest market shares.
It is rather ironic how technology is the biggest reason behind so much of the damage done to our planet, and yet it is technology we turn to, to provide us with solutions towards damage control, prevention and a more environmentally responsible future.
We have been destructive, in our arrogance, with the rather ignorant belief that the resources on this planet might be infinite. However, the mood has changed in recent years, and the human population at large has started taking steps to try to minimize, even repair, the damage caused.