Ropin' the wind
Greenblatt noted that while wind power could produce impressive amounts of peak energy during strong gusts, the biggest problem was wind power’s intermittency. The problem could be addressed by a process called compressed air energy storage, where excess energy could be used to pump compressed air into underground storage facilities that could include abandoned mines. When the wind was not blowing, he said, the compressed air could be tapped and combined with the burning of natural gas to create high-efficiency electrical generators approximating the efficiency levels of coal-fueled power plants.
November 10, 2006
by Brodie Farquhar, Correspondent
in Casper Star-Tribune
An Environmental Defense scientist said Thursday night that Wyoming's wind energy could help meet the country’s energy needs, while cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
It can be accomplished in part, chemist Jeffery Greenblatt told a Casper College audience, via a process called compressed air energy storage.
Greenblatt, who has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California/Berkeley, presented his research as part of the Energy Futures lecture series at Casper College, co-sponsored by the University of Wyoming.
Greenblatt and Princeton University colleagues believe that the world face two different futures in 50 years. In the status-quo scenario, carbon dioxide... [continue via Web link]