California dreaming of an energy storage miracle

Posted: January 4, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, ideology, innovation
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Solar power complex in California [USA.Gov – BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT]

This public statement looks long on ambition but short on realistic and/or affordable possibilities. They openly admit that existing ‘green’ tech won’t cut the mustard on its own, as everyone knew – or should have known – all along. In other words their legislated targets can’t be met, as things stand. The same problems will exist everywhere else that tries to enforce similar energy policies in pursuit of a ‘carbon-free’ mirage.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a solicitation (GFO-19-305) to fund innovative, non-Li-ion energy storage research projects, including green electrolytic hydrogen systems, reports Green Car Congress.

The Commission notes that the state’s statutory requirements (SB-350, SB-100) for low-GHG electricity cannot be met with currently fielded technologies alone, because those technologies do not have the energy density, daily cycle capability, longevity, safety, and price to be viable for the diverse set of applications that will be needed in the State.

The timing is right for supporting emerging technologies that can out-perform existing energy storage technologies because a substantial amount of the energy storage in California was installed in the last few years and will need to be upgraded or replaced in the next 7-15 years. Additionally, as the State makes changes to the electric grid to accommodate higher levels of renewables and a carbon free future by 2045, the need for cost effective and high performing energy storage solutions are expected to increase and be diversified. This means that developing new and emerging technologies now will enable them to be positioned for substantial upcoming market opportunities.


This solicitation aims to fund the development and field testing of emerging energy storage technologies for the purpose of raising the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and accelerating market penetration.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    the need for cost effective and high performing energy storage solutions

    Tech magicians – step forward now 😎

  2. ivan says:

    They don’t need storage – they just need reliable coal or nuclear power plants.

    No matter what they try it will all end in tears – it won’t supply the power needed, it will cost the users far too much money (it will end up that having ones own diesel generator will be cheaper) and all for no reason other than virtue signalling.

    The people that started the cult of ‘global warming’ and the UN for pushing it should be charged with crimes against humanity and locked away for decades.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Storage means you lose power in an hour, instead of in 30 minutes.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    “Magic beans! Magic beans! I got your magic beans right here folks. Step right up and get ’em before they’re all gone!!”

    This whole AGW/Satanic Gases scam makes the Tulip Mania of the 1600’s look mild by comparison. This is likely to end similarly. The Piltdown Man is downright amateurish compared to this one.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The available funding for Group 1 is $9,000,000; available funding for Group 2 is $2,000,000.

    What makes California think its token incentives will produce an energy storage miracle? One or more would have been found years ago if all the likely profits were the only incentive needed.

    What happens if/when no such ‘solution’ turns up?

  6. ivan says:

    What happens if/when no such ‘solution’ turns up?

    A blackout most likely plus prices go through the roof.