Liquid Fuels Vs. Batteries, Grids and Others

Another looks at liquid fuels from the sun versus lithium batteries.

Here it is continued

Renewable diesel, unlike biodiesel, consists of carbon and hydrogen atoms onlyjust like petroleum diesel. In last month’s issue of Diesel Power, we described two different processes of producing renewable diesel (a drop-in fuel). The first method was called Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. This involves gasifying the biomass, turning it into waxes, and then further polishing it with hydrogen gas (hydrocracking) to form pure hydrocarbons. The second method we described involves genetically modified yeast and sugar. The more I look into this subject, the more promising it sounds, and the more mind-blowing the possibilities become.


On the other hand, Hellyer said CSP with storage offers benefits that other renewable energy technologies cannot yet beat. “It can substitute coal and be used for baseload requirements,” he said. “PV and wind have no chance of competing.”

The aritcle goes on to say

Jonathan Walters, an economic consultant previously with the World Bank and now advising a CSP developer called Nur Energie, said there’s only one way the technology can compete with PV — when it’s paired with some form of backup.

Another interesting point.

“Large-scale CSP with thermal storage is cheaper than large-scale PV with battery storage, and may remain so,” said Walters.


Energy-Dense Liquid Fuels: The Storage Solution for Renewable Energy

Grigorii Soloveichik Program Director

March 2, 2016

This aritcle says

Remote renewable power generation separated from local energy consumption (electricity + transportation fuels) • Wide spread of intermittent renewables requires bulk energy storage • Infrastructure for renewable power transmission and distribution needs to be build and will be expensive

Jason Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Winona State University where he studied U.S.-Mongolian Foreign Relations 1860-1920. He also attended programs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea and at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has a Master of Arts degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he focused on climate control and high-energy x-ray applications. Jason has wrote for Diesel Power and The Costa Rica News.

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