We've explored Pumped-storage Hydroelectric (PSH) in our Mega-Batteries series and found the following:
Pumped-storage hydro is a technology that stores and generates electricity by pumping water from a lower reservoir to a higher one during off-peak periods and then releasing it back down to generate electricity during peak demand.
This technology is widely used worldwide and has several advantages, such as low operating costs, high efficiency, and long lifespan.
Nonetheless, it also presents some challenges, such as high capital costs, environmental impact, and location constraints.
Here we explore it in detail: https://www.aquaswitch.co.uk/blog/pumped-storage-hydro/
I just wanted to share this course my school is organizing. It's tuition-free and you can apply for Erasmus+ grants to pay for your maintenance costs while in Italy. Everything is done from home except for the training in Italy.
The call is open to people living in Italy, Switzerland, Finland, and Estonia who want to get a technician degree in circular economy or sustainability.
Since it includes an internship in your own country, it can help to jumpstart your path in this industry.
Typically when I see energy policy being discussed something along the following ends up happening:
"We need to build more renewables"
"No, we need to build more nuclear"
"But renewables are cheaper"
"But renewables are intermittent"
"But you can solve that with storage"
"But storage is too expensive"
"But batteries are getting cheaper"
"But they wont ever get cheap enough"
"But renewables became cheap really quick"
"But storage isnt the same thing, that wont happen"
"It totally will"
Usually when they get toward the end of that chain the people talking will start getting a bit too hand wavy about why they are convinced that storage will or wont be able to make renewables work as the main grid supply.
Are there any good talks or podcasts that go into detail on this subject?
I'm doing a quick study on converting o&g refineries to biofuels plants and had a few questions maybe someone on here can help with:
deoxygenation and decarbonation can be performed in an existing hydrotreater right?
what are typical blends of soy oil with yellow and white grease?
how much output is reduced in these facilities?