Energy storage is the ignored crisis within the climate crisis says former Australian PM
The failure to plan for our long-term renewable storage needs could stall the energy transition just when we need to accelerate, writes Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister of Australia.
Rising energy bills caused by rocketing wholesale gas prices have served up another reminder of the world’s continuing reliance on volatile fossil fuels - and why governments everywhere need urgently to invest in clean energy infrastructure.
We need clean energy storage to make variable renewables like wind and solar power reliable. Batteries are becoming cheaper and more efficient and work well for short periods of several hours, but there is presently no substitute for the long duration energy storage provided by hydropower.