said by tschmidt:Nonetheless I am not seeing these technologies applied anywhere to wind power these days. Everywhere I look I am seeing $Billion$ invested into development of better batteries and constant complaints that wind power is not a steady or reliable source of electric power. said by lugnut :
It seems trivial to me to use a water pump to fill a tank or reservoir to capacity when the wind is blowing and then flow it back down thru a generator once the wind stops and you have to go on reserve power.
This type of storage is often used by utilities.
said by lugnut :
Likewise why not use a tank of compressed air?
This storage method is also used by utilities as are ultra efficient flywheels spinning in a vacuum.
That is all large scale utility power. These guys have come up with a low cost way to deliver small amounts of electricity at low cost.