As the world continues to develop alternative energy solutions for its high electricity demand, another issue has developed – electricity storage. Fortunately, Houston PolyTank has the ability to build large storage tanks. Engineers in the field of electricity storage in industrial capacities can use our exclusive extrusion-wound plastic storage tank, which is a good fit for electiricty storage. Companies who are actively developing electricity storage alternatives will have the ability to store electricity for a wide variety of renewable energy sources and tap into an emergency supply to critical places such as hospitals when the grid fails. Since most of the electrical storage farms will be storing electricity via chemical energy and via chemical processes, the high density polyethylene tanks and in some cases polypropylene tanks can be a good fit because of their ability to resist
chemical attacks, and because they are a good electric insulator.
Excess Electricity and What To Do About It
The emergence of wind farms, solar fields and other alternative energy resources now provides ample electricity, but there is not always enough demand at the time of production. Mother Nature can be very fickle, with both windy and still days, as well as sunny and cloudy weather. Most of the electricity use happens during the daytime and when electricity generation is interrupted, it reduces the efficiency. The answer? Store the excess electricity for later use. But how? “Electricity storage tanks would need to be very large,” said Ron Elkana, Chief Engineer at Houston PolyTank. “These farm batteries must be large enough to hold industrial amounts of corrosive material without breaking down and be resilient enough to withstand all types of weather conditions from extreme heat to freezing cold. Our sturdy plastic tanks are perfect for this application.” Houston PolyTank industrial tanks provide the perfect combination of structural rigidity (with wall thicknesses up to 6”) and chemical resistance. Houston PolyTank products offer unmatched plastic structural integrity and provide the solution to this vexing problem of wasted energy by providing storage for electricity for later use.
Houston PolyTank is a Great Vessel for Electricity Storage Technologies
“While other companies may provide large roto-molded farm tanks as an option, only Houston PolyTank offers the state-of-the art technology which supports heavy-duty double insulated walls,” he said. “Our proprietary process provides the stability and consistent heat transfer which is essential when you store electricity chemically.” In addition, the tanks can be built to any size, height, diameter, and capacity needed to store the most aggressive chemicals to build these farm batteries. They are strong, sturdy, and have no bulging – all of the features needed for a tank battery. A typical wind farm could use many of these storage tanks, and electrical energy would be accessible whenever needed.
In addition, if the chemical reactions for this type of activity will cause elevated temperatures, Houston PolyTank farm batteries can withstand these higher temperatures (their polyethylene tanks can handle up to 120 degrees and their polypropylene tanks can withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees).
Electricity Storage Tanks Complement or Replace Generators
Because of these industrial sized batteries, it is possible to recharge these farm batteries when they run low. Storage systems usually convert from chemical to electrical energy and vice versus as needed. While generators have typically been used as an energy backup for hospitals, computer storage facilities, etc., the ability to store energy provides a number of additional advantages. For example, the energy storage tanks can be used in addition to the generators. Since they don’t necessarily have to sit in the area of the failure, these “industrial batteries” can serve electricity from a remote origin site through the use of cables. It is possible for the storage tank to sit in the middle of Iowa, for example, and provide energy to other large cities as needed.
For more information about Houston PolyTank storage solutions, visit their website or contact Ron Elkana directly at 660-778-3393 to learn more.