This might just make some renewables competitive? Imagine the cost of batteries dropping to 10% of today’s prices. IF this lives up to the promise will it make an off-grid home economically attractive or provide true baseload wind power?
What an interesting time to be alive. The competition between plentiful cheap baseload nuclear power and this potential baseload wind power is interesting indeed. Although I think I know how Barry Brook would side… why use these batteries to store expensive renewable power that’s so intermittent when we could use them to reduce the number of nukes needed to provide that peaking power in the afternoon. Have huge batteries that soak up the more plentiful night time and midday power and then dump it into the grid during peak demand in the evening when everyone is home from work watching TV, on the internet, playing computer games and cooking. All at once.
Interesting times indeed.