In the 2020s solar power enjoys a dual status in the global energy market. It’s at once a technology available for mainstream use today, while also being widely regarded as the technology of the future. This dynamic may appear simple at first, but in reality, a more in-depth consideration of both is necessary and beneficial. Yes, already countless communities around the world see solar installations scattered across their rooftops—and huge solar farms operating in areas with more open space—but ultimately the solar revolution has really only just begun.
In perhaps no area is this more clear-cut than the utilization of solar batteries, both now and into the future. Solar batteries are already very capable, and have seen uptake across the globe. But similar to how digital storage—both cold and cloud—was recognized for its potential before impressive advances in successive generations saw digital storage become more widely utilized, a greater implementation of solar batteries is keenly anticipated. For what it could offer where batteries already find use today, as well as where they could come to provide totally new uses.More batteries could decrease blackouts
While the uptake of solar technology globally has undoubtedly been tremendous, there’s been a byproduct of its growth in some communities. A number of these locales now need to reckon with a future where the excess supply of solar to the grid creates the risk of blackouts. What’s more, this problem does not simply arise when a local area obtains a significant level of solar installations that could feed excess energy into the grid. At present California is facing blackout challenges of a different kind, held to be owing to the energy gap that can emerge when a transition from fossil fuels to renewables hits a speed bump.
Given the complexity of such challenges (and their solutions), there’s no suggestion the greater uptake of solar batteries will represent a “cure all” here. But it could certainly help alleviate the issue in instances where the risk of blackouts is arising due to the problem of excess energy being fed into the grid. Batteries could of course allow for the storage of energy drawn from an installation, that’s instead currently going to the grid.
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