Getting burnt while going green!
Giant lithium-ion batteries are said to be the saviour of intermittent wind and solar. But their pesky habit of exploding into toxic fireballs suggests that they’re not really part of the ‘inevitable transition’ team, after all.
‘Bombs’ are designed to store and quickly release copious amounts of energy, so are the mega-batteries being rolled out around the globe.
The notion is that giant lithium-ion batteries will quell the power delivery chaos that comes with attempting to rely on wholly weather-dependent wind power and wholly sunshine-dependent solar power; thereby bringing stability and security to plenty a power grid teetering on the brink of collapse, all the consequence of our “inevitable transition” away from reliable and dependable power generation sources, like coal and gas.
But there’s nothing ‘stable and secure’ about lithium batteries.
Back in August last year, we reported on one such ‘green’ conflagration – where a Tesla mega-battery exploded in…
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