Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage
This online engineering PDH course provides a brief description of conventional compressed air energy storage (CAES) and pumped storage hydropower (PSH) technologies including their current status as well as an overview of the general limitations of each technology. It also introduces eight new PSH and nine new CAES technologies. The “newness” of the technologies ranges from technologies that are new to the United States (but present in a foreign country) to technologies that are futuristic (in very early stages of development). The business characteristics, electric grid characteristics, suitable applications, and feasibility of each of the novel technologies are described. Finally, it identifies the technological gaps and barriers to commercialization, outlines future research and development needs, and recommends a focus for future efforts.
If renewable energy resources are to reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel power-plants for generating electricity, some means of storing large amounts of energy must be developed to generate electricity during times when the renewable energy resources are not available, for example, when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow. Two common types of bulk energy storage are compressed air energy storage (CAES) and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).
This 5 PDH online course is intended for electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers concerned about the development and feasibility of increasing the use of renewable energy resources for electricity generation.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Understanding the status and limitations of conventional PSH technology
- Understanding the status and limitations of conventional CAES technology
- Learning about permitting issues related to bulk storage systems
- Learning about the methodology for choosing bulk energy storage applications
- Knowing the applications recommended for bulk storage
- Learning about the eight novel PSH technologies
- Learning about the nine novel CAES technologies
- Knowing the PSH gaps, barriers and R&D needed
- Knowing the CAES gaps, barriers, and R&D needed
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage” which is based on the Sandia Report, SAND2011-3700, "Characterization and Assessment of Novel Bulk Storage Technologies” by Poonum Agrawal, et al., May, 2011.
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