All The Energy Storage The Grid Needs Will Soon Be Under Our Noses

By Jeff McMahon, Forbes

Vehicle-to-grid technology is not a new idea—China jumped on it early—but it looks like an increasingly promising idea as electric-vehicle adoption takes off. The International Energy Agency’s most conservative estimate puts 130 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and [World Resources Institute researcher Camron Gorguinpour] said those vehicles will contain almost ten times the amount of energy storage needed by the grid. Read more here.

Photo: Enel’s JuiceBox Pro 40 residential EV charging station.

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