Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Program: Energy Storage Options
John D. Boyes, Manager, Energy Storage & Distributed Energy Resources, 
               Sandia National Laboratories

Some highlights were discussions on how all storage options were presently “expensive”. Prices will come down with a decision on what options are appropriate for which applications and their widespread use. One of the more interesting technologies was the addition of carbon to preparation of lead storage battery plates. The problem with lead batteries is their limited recharge ability; the carbon seems to make them last (almost) indefinitely. Lead batteries and pumping water are the most used options today. 

PDF file of Mr. Boyes' presentation.