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By The Numbers: Grid Energy Storage gets Cheaper
One of the drawbacks to renewable power is its intermittency. New battery technologies are coming on line to fill in the gaps.
Mechanical Engineering. Apr 2018, 140(04): 28-29 (2 pages)
Paper No: ME-18-APR1 https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2018-APR-1
Published Online: April 1, 2018
Winters, J. (April 1, 2018). "By The Numbers: Grid Energy Storage gets Cheaper." ASME. Mechanical Engineering. April 2018; 140(04): 28–29. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2018-APR-1
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