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Energy Storage and Civilization

A Systems Approach

  • Graham Palmer
  • Joshua Floyd
Book

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 1-28
  3. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 29-40
  4. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 41-56
  5. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 71-88
  6. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 89-108
  7. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 109-124
  8. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 125-137
  9. Graham Palmer, Joshua Floyd
    Pages 139-156
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 157-173

About this book

Introduction

Fossil fuels comprise the accumulation of prehistoric biomass that was energised by sunlight, and formed by earth system dynamics. Fossil fuels can be conceptualized as stored energy stocks that can be readily converted to power flows, on demand. A transition from a reliance on stored energy stocks, to renewable energy flows, will require a replication of energy storage by technological devices and energy conversion methods. Most analyses of energy storage focus solely on the economic-technical properties of storage within incumbent energy systems. This book broadens the scope of the study of storage by placing it within a broader, historical, biophysical framework. The role and value of storage is examined from first principles, and framed within the contemporary context of electrical grids and markets. The energy-economic cost of electrical storage may be critical to the efficacy of high penetration renewable scenarios, and understanding the costs and benefits of storage is needed for a proper assessment of storage in energy transition studies. This book provides a starting point for engineers, scientists and energy analysts for exploring the role of storage in energy transition studies, and for gaining an appreciation of the biophysical constraints of storage.

Keywords

limits on energy storage biophysical limitations of energy storage systems science perspective on energy biophysical constraints on energy storage energy-economic cost of electrical storage transition from fossil fuels

Authors and affiliations

  • Graham Palmer
    • 1
  • Joshua Floyd
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.MelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33093-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33092-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33093-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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