A US utility is to trial a new battery storage technology that promises to deliver the holy grail of a grid based around wind and solar – ultra long storage of up to 150 hours that could revolutionise the way storage technology is used and deployed.
Great River Energy – a major non-for-profit energy co-operative based in Minnesota – is teaming with Form Energy, a battery storage technology developer backed by Bill Gates, to install a first-of-its-kind demonstration of Form’s unique “aqueous air flow” battery with ultra long storage.
The battery pilot will be a 1MW/150MWh, grid-connected storage system capable of delivering its rated power of one megawatt continuously for 150 hours, part of a broader plan to retire Great River’s main generator, a 1,151MW coal unit, and replace it with wind and ultimately battery storage and make 95% of its power emissions free.
And while the battery component of this Great River Energy plan is relatively minor, if the pilot proves successful at delivering super-long duration and low cost storage, the implications for the electricity industry will be enormous.
Lithium-ion batteries are well suited to fast bursts of energy production, but they run out of energy after just a few hours.
A true low-cost, long-duration energy storage solution that can sustain output for days can fill gaps in wind and solar energy production that would otherwise require firing up a fossil-fueled power plant.
Form's technology could make a reliable, affordable 100% renewable electricity system a real possibility.
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It’s important that the broader industry knows that this kind of thing is coming,” Jaramillo says. “If that causes regulators and other planners to pause and evaluate just how fast this stuff is going to show up, then fantastic.” “Our vision at Form Energy is to unlock the power of renewable energy to transform the grid with our proprietary long-duration storage. This project represents a bold step toward proving that vision of an affordable, renewable future is possible without sacrificing reliability.”