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Published on : Aug 01, 2019

We all know renewable sources of energy is a must for our future survival. Renewable sources not only help in generating sustainable clean energy but also help in cutting down the emissions from greenhouse gases.

However, there is one thing that we tend to miss at times and that is wastage of this clean energy. These renewable sources can generate more energy than what is required and that excess of wind or solar energy simply goes to waste. This over-production of clean energy becomes sort of a lost opportunity for theses renewable sources to curb the pollution from the fossil-fuels.

How to Tackle this Issue?

To find a solution to this problem, scientists from the University of Michigan have developed a complex model. This model was deployed to analyze the power systems in Texas and California. As per their findings, it is highly cost-efficient to invest in batteries and similar technologies for energy storage with a strong regulatory framework.

The research team found out that it can considerably cut down on the greenhouse gases emission – by around 90% in the examination of one case. Using energy storage technologies can also help in increasing the use of wind and solar energy at the time when the weather conditions are not favorable.

These research findings were published in an online journal ‘Nature Communication’ on July 30, 2019. The study clearly shows the importance of energy storage technologies in cutting down renewable energy wastage and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The research team, spearheaded by Maryam Arbabzadeh, developed highly complex models that could study and evaluate nine different types of energy storage technologies. The team focused on the impact on the environment due to renewable curtailment. Their next focus point was to understand how to store this renewable energy and cut down the emission tax on the environment.