The conversion of global energy supply towards renewable energy is gaining momentum. An essential factor for smooth functioning is the further development of storage technologies, which are especially important since neither the sun nor the wind generate the same amount of power every day. Therefore, it is vital to store the produced energy for an extended period. Such technology might soon be available since a new solar battery is about to set a world record as it should be able to replace an entire coal-fired power plant.
The largest known solar-powered battery will be in Florida, and it will be able to supply several hundred thousand of households with electricity. This battery energy storage system is supposed to go into operation this year. It will be comprised of 50,000 battery modules, 132 battery containers with 400 modules, which should hold enough energy for 2,000 iPhone batteries each. If you convert the capacity of the entire battery, this corresponds to a total of 100 million iPhone batteries. Not so long ago, the operators published these figures for the Manatee Energy Storage Center.
These numbers make the plant the largest of its kind in the world. The construction is three-quarters of the way through and by the end of the year the storage facility can operate. After completion, it will have an output of 409 MW and deliver 900 MWh of electricity, which is enough to supply exactly 329,000 homes with electricity for more than two hours. The powerplant will be charged by an in-house solar power system.
Secure Supply, Anytime
Self-sufficiency should also ensure a secure supply of solar energy, especially at times when the sun is not shining. If this project succeeds, the developers want to accelerate the transition to renewable energies in order to reduce the need for other power plants and to decrease gas emissions. This storage facility seems to be just the beginning as a company called FPL are planning other systems with a storage capacity of 700 MW for the next ten years. Their modules should store the amount of solar energy equivalent to the output of 2,000 iPhone batteries. However, at present time, each module comes heavy and weighs around 90 kilos.
Moreover, you can find the world’s most extensive battery storage system to date on a 40-hectare property, which corresponds to a size of 55 soccer fields. Although cumbersome, the investment seems to be worth it since the operators guarantee a service life of 40 years. You can also surely trust the company, which has already gained a lot of experience and operates more than 12 million solar panels and 40 solar energy centers.
The electricity from solar energy should not only be clean but also reliable and affordable. There are currently 263 coal-powered plants in operation in the USA, which put the country in the third place on the world list, with the front runner being China. Luckily, this form of energy generation is declining because the costs of gathering solar energy continue to fall and the project in Florida is not the only giant project; one of the largest operational battery packs in the world is already in place in California. With this development, many other companies plan to further showcase their projects as well.