Why Grid Scale Energy Storage
by Che-Nan (Josh ) Sun
An Electrical grid equipped with energy storage system allows companies to manage and deploy the electrical energy in a much more efficient and flexible way. Key features such as peak shaving, frequency regulation and time shifting can be realized via such systems to enhance power quality and reliability. Moreover, a grid-scale energy storage system is able to serve as a buffer between the electric grid and an ever increasing demand for renewable energy generation such as solar and wind. These systems smooth out the climate-dependent intermittency and allow the harvested energy to be distributed as needed. It has long been a global desire to increase renewable energy penetration in order to reduce the electricity sector’s carbon footprint as well as the fossil fuel consumption.