Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Mad Scientists are at it again
We have a lot of power producing potential in the PNW. Wind turbines abound, lots of hydro dams and The Engineer's glow-in-the-dark hamsters.
The wind turbines have to be shut down in the spring as the dams take first priority - they must run to keep optimum conditions for the fish. The power grid can't handle all the output if you added in wind power.
So one of the Mad Scientists out here is looking into storing wind power energy as compressed gas, below ground, in the very numerous basalt caverns that abound in our very volcanic formed land. A rock battery so to speak.
When needed the compressed gas is released (a number of different ways under study) to power turbines and produce energy.
Though I can foresee a good SyFy movie of the week with stuffed caverns seeking a release of pressure and popping off ALL the volcanoes around here, molten lava flowing down the rivers and Seattle sinking into Puget Sound.
Full story here.