The Lima-Callao area has a population of 9 million andan economy worth US$66 billion in 2014. The preliminary results of our research indicate that the total energy bill for the city was US$4.7 billion and that the bill for waste and water was US$50 billion - meaning that 8% of everything earned in the local economy was spent on energy, water and waste.
In order to meet emission reduction targets, the world must urgently increase the supply of energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar. However, these technologies pose a logistical difficulty because of their intermittency. We can address this challenge by developing the capacity to store energy from renewable sources, allowing suppliers to meet peak demand when the wind stops blowing or clouds cover the sun. Failing to develop energy storage systems will mean either continued dependence on fossil fuels, investment in a vastly expanded renewable energy infrastructure or an increasingly unreliable energy supply.
The Centre for Low Carbon Futures energy storage programme covers technology development, demonstration activities, and market and policy analysis. We are integrating academic research with business needs and policy making. Our work areas include:
For further information on the Energy Storage programme, please contact:
Jonathan Radcliffe - Programme Director, Energy Storage