Energy Storage…the Key to Power Surety
Today’s energy issues are rarely based on “power generation”. We certainly have enough generation capacity to meet all our global demands. A cogent argument can be made that our real challenge is this:
The world faces a “power distribution” problem.
How can the warfighter, communicator, medic, and civil engineer effectively distribute power around the globe, in challenging environments, and at the local level where power is often needed the most?
Whether providing power for something as small as a school in a village, or as large as restoring vital services/infrastructure to local communities after a disaster, the answers are complex.
Traditional methods for creating power distribution systems that address logistics, efficiencies, and architectures are overwhelming and costly, but that is rapidly changing.
Just a few short decades ago, batteries served simple roles such as engine-starting or powering small appliances. With recent advances in energy storage technologies, batteries have established themselves as a crucial part of daily life. They enable our mobility, communications, conveniences, security, health, and more. They allow us to collect and distribute power—from nearly any source and into any application—everywhere they are used.
Given today’s geopolitical climate (and our dependency on traditional energy sources such as petroleum), the need for improved efficiencies to hedge against disruptions in power and the ability to access power sources in all forms is self-evident. As energy storage technologies continue to evolve, they offer new opportunities for power surety against disruptions and security through diversification of power sources.
In applications where fuel-driven generators are used, energy storage can provide immediate protection against disruptions through a process called hybridization. Hybrid power models modernize traditional power systems by increasing the efficiency of fuel-to-used-electricity conversion (reducing fuel demand) and opening power system architecture to allow for local selection of power based on available resources.
An “open architecture” allows power generation based on factors such as geographic locations and logistics. Power from local grids, portable generators, vehicles, and even renewables can be harnessed when energy storage is employed and the System is hybridized.
For some applications, this means reduced operation costs; for others, it means increased extended operational reach through reduced logistics. In either case, both power surety and redundancy reign supreme.
As the demand for operations in environments without reliable or traditional power increases, incorporating energy storage into power models allows the operator to tailor an optimal solution for the given situation. It offers immediate relief from the burdens of logistics and infrastructure and bulwarks against reliance on singular power sources.
Energy storage provides the ability to autonomously operate anywhere, in any condition, and with any power source.