wind
The Hopper Process is envisioned as an economic method of integrating energy storage into the footprint of a windfarm. This will provide a consistent power supply to what would otherwise be an intermittent resource. Wind power producers have long needed an economical method to offset the intermittent aspects of their generation profiles. These systems only produce power with sufficient wind speeds. An optimized and scaled Hopper Power Plant could be used to meet MwH obligations including; spinning and non-spinning reserve power, peak shaving and possibly allow renewables to also operate for the first time in the lucrative arbitrage market. A Hopper System would provide the electrical energy needed when the renewable systems cannot meet current energy needs, especially at peak demand when a sustained loss of wind can be the most costly and disruptive. The loss of power is made up for on location and no re-dispatch of electrical reserves would need to be utilized or fossil fuel burned. During periods of low demand but high power production the wind farms could provide free wind energy to compress the fuel for it’s future use in the Hopper Power Plants. The stored gas would be compressed 875:1 to a liquid thus storing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy available for dispatch at anytime.