What’s the principal component of those batteries? Right – its lithium. How is lithium mined? Its washed out of the soil and then the water – mineral slurry is put into giant basins where the sun evaporates the water away. It happens in deserts mainly and the water comes from underground aquifers. Not only is water vapor a hugely potent greenhouse gas, this underground water is wasted. That’s a great way to use our resources.
In December, the six major Independent Systems Operators (ISO’s) across the country filed their plans for creating new market rules and opportunities for energy storage.