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Many different storage technologies exist today with different purposes by technology, one of them are batteries.Lithium-ion batteries are not only available for consumer electronics or computers, but also for energy storage within the electricity grid. Batteries are already commercial and installed mainly at distribution level, but today with limited energy storage capacity. Utility scale storage could have the potential to reduce the need of an extended grid by levelling out increased flows caused by renewable energy sources or growing load. Unfortunately, at UHV levels you need power in the GW-scale for long periods of time, a level that battery technology has not yet achieved for the moment.

Electrical Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are vehicles running at least partially on electricity. Unlike conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars that use a gasoline or diesel-powered engine, electric vehicles use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell. There are different types of EVs available. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) offer both a normal combustion engine and an electric motor: the motor is powered by a battery that can be recharged by plugging in to the charging point. Other EVs operate exclusively on electricity, these are battery electric vehicles (BEV). Still others power an electric motor by converting hydrogen gas into electricity, it is called a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

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