Soon to Be Removed: The Major Obstacle to Full-scale Renewable Energy Transition

By: | November 19th, 2014

The road-block to transitioning from burning fossil fuels to full-scale usage of Renewable Energy has been the intermittent nature of Mother Nature.  Worldwide, the sun and wind offer up more energy in a single day than we need in a year, but the sun isn’t always shining, nor is the wind always blowing.

Fortunately, things are changing, fast. No, we haven’t learned how to keep the sun shining or the wind blowing, yet. But, there are many, many companies developing new, and improving upon old technologies that will soon enable us to cost-effectively store much of that clean, safe and renewable power that is so bountifully bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. Enough, in fact, that we will finally be able to break with our dependence upon the finite fossil fuel (FFF) sources that are proving to have created more problems for us in the long run than they might have solved in the short one.

One such company is SustainX. They have improved upon Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES), a storage technology that’s been around since 1870.  SustainX discovered that adding a foamy medium stabilizes temperature fluctuations of their compressed air storage unit. With its patented Isothermal CAES System (ICASE) SustainX now has a scalable, site anywhere, proven core technology that dramatically reduces the energy losses that previous CASE technologies have experienced

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With so much emphasis being placed on the importance of developing micro-grids to prevent massive central grid breakdowns recently, it would appear that technology companies like SustainX are right on target for helping us ease through the pain of FFF withdrawal.

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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney, the founder of EngNet, worked as a project engineer for many years sourcing equipment. His passion and experience in the industry led to creating EngNet to connect engineers and industry suppliers. You can also find Michael on .

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