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Better batteries will boost PV use


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

~~<p>The destination is easy to envision &mdash; a future Hawaii that is much less reliant on imported fossil fuels for its energy. The pathway leading there, a little less so.</p>
<p>That's because, although the islands already have enviable riches in potential &quot;green&quot; energy, delivering them to the customer gets complicated. Solar power, which is being adopted at the most rapidly-accelerating rate, can be generated abundantly overall, but arrives intermittently on the utility power grid. And that, the utility technicians say, causes instability on the grid, which was designed for the &quot;firm,&quot; constant power availability of the oil-fired turbines.</p>
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The destination is easy to envision — a future Hawaii that is much less reliant on imported fossil fuels for its energy. The pathway leading there, a little less so.

That's because, although the islands already have enviable riches in potential "green" energy, delivering them to the customer gets complicated. Solar power, which is being adopted at the most rapidly-accelerating rate, can be generated abundantly overall, but arrives intermittently on the utility power grid. And that, the utility technicians say, causes instability on the grid, which was designed for the "firm," constant power availability of the oil-fired turbines. Login for more...



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