New battery packs powerful punch: This is really, really interesting to me for one reason: it could facilitate and promote wind energy.
A new type of a room-size battery, however, may be poised to store energy for the nation’s vast electric grid almost as easily as a reservoir stockpiles water, transforming the way power is delivered to homes and businesses. Compared with other utility-scale batteries plagued by limited life spans or unwieldy bulk, the sodium-sulfur battery is compact, long-lasting and efficient.
The bane of wind power is that it’s sporadic, not steady. The way to fix this is feed a battery from the wind generator, then just draw steadily from the battery. Sadly, batteries have generally sucked. Until now, I hope.
Believe me, out here in the Dakotas, we got lots of wind. I drive along the two-hour stretch of I-90 between here and Albert Lea, and there are windmills all over the place. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stationary blade among them. Fix the battery problem, and it’s free energy.