Helping people to ditch diesel

The need for off-grid energy storage is being promoted by groups such as the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú

The need for off-grid energy storage is recognised by groups like the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú

Energy storage could help remote communities ditch a nasty diesel habit, according to an article in Scientific American. For isolated communities being off-grid is not a matter of choice, but a fact of life, which means their daily lives are prey to the price of the diesel that feeds their generators.

These communities are crying out for an alternative to generators, such as wind or solar power, but as yet often do not have safe, dependable and, above all, cheap energy storage for when the wind does not blow and the sun doesn’t shine.

The article suggests flow batteries could be the answer, but until domestic and microgrid energy storage becomes a cheap mass-market commodity, these usually poor communities will have to continue their dependence on dirty old diesel.

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