Energy Storage for Power Grids and Electric Transportation: A Technology Assessment Paul W. Parfomak Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 11, 2012

CRS – Energy Storage for Power Grids and Electric Transportation: A Technology Assessment – Paul W. Parfomak, Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy, March 27, 2012

  • “This report attempts to summarize the current state of knowledge regarding energy storage technologies for both electric power grid and electric vehicle applications. It is intended to serve as a reference for policymakers interested in understanding the range of technologies and applications associated with energy storage, comparing them, when possible, in a structured way to highlight key characteristics relevant to widespread use. While the emphasis is on technology (including key performance metrics such as cost and efficiency), this report also addresses the significant policy, market, and other non-technical factors that may impede storage adoption. It considers eight major categories of storage technology: pumped hydro, compressed air, batteries, capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage, flywheels, thermal storage, and hydrogen.”
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