Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy
For Flood Protection Barriers and Coastal Regeneration
Tidal barriers for flood protection and renewable energy would help regenerate North Wales coastal communities. Inevitable and rapid increase in electric vehicles (EV’s) will pull demand for affordable power and in the process add to the case for tidal barriers. See Glyn’s Blog for much more detail and visit his company OpenEnergyMonitor.
Electric Mountain is the North Wales electricity storage centre where spare generated electricity is used off-peak to pump water from a ground level lake, Llyn Peris, to a mountain top reservoir then when needed the water returns and generates electricity to meet demand. With Electric Vehicles (EV’s) accelerating in both performance and availability they offer additional power storage options and renewable energy opportunities.
This demand for distributed electrical storage is matched by developments in grid distribution, charging stations and domestic level power storage uses and where increasing numbers of EV battery packs accumulate to act as large and distributed electricity storage resources.
The CPRW event on Saturday 4 November 2017 took place in light of recent Government announcements that petrol cars will be phased out after 2040. The meeting at Electric Mountain looked took a view of the wide perspective with implications for concurrent developments. Speakers Elaine Meskhi of EA Technology Capenhurst; Ian Cook, Glyn Hudson and Adam Jackman extended the EV theme to G2V (Grid to Vehicle) parallel dynamics and property level storage. Lithium batteries are developing to run for many years and their material is re-cycled make new batteries.
Tidal barriers along our coast could generate renewable energy into the grid for immediate or storage use and would largely eliminate coastal flood risk creating regeneration opportunities in local business and tourism.