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QUESTION 1

In these modern days, electrical systems are very crucial to make sure the it is flexible
and affordable for the people around the globe. The electricity has increased its demand from
year to year as the population and more things powered by electricity are build up for easier life.
As the non-renewable energies are depleting its resources, a renewable energy somehow must be
used as power substitution starting from todays. In order to maximize potential of renewable
energy, their flexibility must be achieved to increase the efficiency of electricity supply. .
Flexibility is the ability of a system to respond to variability and uncertainty of demand and
supply .Electricity demand is different from to time and sometimes unexpected events like
natural disaster will requires a more flexible electricity supply to make sure it can be used
anytime.

The form of converted energy widely determines the classification of energy storage
systems .Electrical energy storage may be divided into 5 main categories such as chemical,
electrochemical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal energy storage .
1. Chemical energy storage systems

Chemical energy is stored in the chemical bonds of atoms and molecules, which can only be seen
when it is released in a chemical reaction. After the release of chemical energy, the substance is
often changed into entirely different substance .Chemical fuels are the dominant form of energy
storage both in electrical generation and energy transportation. Most commonly used chemical
fuels which are processed are coal, gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas
(LPG), propane, butane, ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogen. All of these mentioned chemicals are
freely converted to thermal and mechanical energy and then to electrical energy by using heat
engines as prime mover . On the other hand, the stored chemical energy can be released through
electron transfer reactions for the direct production of electricity . Chemical energy storage is
rather suitable for storage of large amounts of energy and for greater durations .

1.1 Hydrogen

Advantages: renewable energy source and bountiful in supply , clean energy source ,
non-toxic
Limitation: Very expensive due to the electrolysis and steam reforming process , low
density thus need to stored in liquid form only and transfer in a high pressure
Present applications: Transportation
Future prospect:
1. Filling station infrastructure for fuel cell cars
2. Electrification of shipping and air transport to reduce pollution and increase its
efficiency

1.2 Synthetic natural gas (SNG)

Natural gas, is most popular gas fuel, mainly consist of CH4. Biogas, Landfill gas, SNG,
and bio-SNG are the other gas fuels. Biogas is produced by decayed organic matters and
contains CH4 and CO2. Composition of landfill is similar to biogas . Synthetic natural
gas (SNG) means the partly conversion of solid feedstock with gasification followed by
gas conditioning, SNG synthesis and gas upgrading or similar processes to natural gas .

Advantages:
1. The SNG can be used to heat homes or as a fuel in cars, just like conventional natural
gas.
2. Balancing energy grid by stored extra electricity as SNG.
3. Fuel power plant
4. Can be stored in enormous amount

Limitation
1. Vast amount of CO2 needed and the cost is expensive to extract it from air
2. Low efficiency as only 60% is converted from electricity to SNG

Application :
1.Power up vehicles
2.Heat homes

2. Electrical energy storage systems

2.1 Superconducting magnetic energy storage


Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) systems work based
on electrodynamics’ principle .The energy is stored in the magnetic field created
by the flow of direct current in a superconducting coil, which is kept below its
superconducting critical temperature. Superconducting material has been
cryogenically cooled and the stored energy can be released back to the network by
discharging the coil .
Advantages:
1.Capable of storing and discharging large amount of power.
2. High efficiency (greater than 90%).
3. Quick response time (less than 100ms).
4.Completely static and robust construction.
5. Very low maintenance.
6. All types of load can operate.

Limitations :
1. Need a huge power to keep the coil at low temperature
2. Unstable mechanical system

Application:
1. diurnal demand leveling
2. frequency control
3. automatic generation control
4. uninterruptible power supplies
3. Mechanical energy storage systems

Mechanical energy storage is classified by working principal as follows:


pressurized gas, forced springs, kinetic energy, and potential energy. The most
useful advantage of mechanical energy storage is that they can readily deliver the
energy whenever required for mechanical works

3.1 Flywheel system

A massive rotating cylinder (a rim attached to a shaft) that is supported on a stator


by magnetically levitated bearings is the main part of most modern high-speed
flywheel energy storage systems

Advantage :
1. High power and energy density.
2. No periodic maintenance is required, easily and inexpensively maintained
3. Flywheels are highly reliable, safe, long life, energy efficient and non-
polluting
Limitation:
1. Mechanical stress and fatigue limits
2. Material limits at around 700 M/Sec tip speed
3. Current Flywheels have low specific energy

Application:
1. Transportation
2. Aircraft launching system
3. Grid energy storage

Question 2

Nuclear reactor is one of the largest energy supplies after hydropower that offer a low-
carbon emission to the environment. There are about 30 countries build for a total of 443 nuclear
reactors around the world to supply electricity as the demand increased from year to year. In
addition, as nuclear reactor give a low impact to the environment, many industrialized countries
are interested to build more nuclear reactor to minimize the emission of carbon and save the
environment.
However, there are some barriers that impede the development of the nuclear reactors as
its risk are very high. One of the risk is risk of proliferation of nuclear weapons. Nuclear reactors
themselves are not the primary proliferation risk; the principal concern is that countries with the
intent to proliferate can covertly use the associated enrichment or reprocessing plants to produce
the essential material for a nuclear explosive (Nuclear Energy Study Group, 2005, p. i). The
nuclear reactor itself is not a bomb or processing nuclear weapons but the most worried is the
usage of radioactive material , uranium and platinum.
The next challenges is to think what to do with the highly reactive used fuel. A billion of
money invested to do the research to find a solution where should this used fuel can be thrown
away without affecting the environment. However, the only solution come out is to disposed the
waste in a container and put then deep underground. After four decades of study, geological
disposal remains the only scientifically and technically credible long-term solution available to
meet the need for safety without reliance on active management” (Committee on Disposition of
High-Level Radioactive Waste Through Geological Isolation, 2001, p. 3).
As the building a nuclear reactor and operating are a difficult tasks , it need a lot of
skilled and qualified workers. In these current days, not many workforce are qualified to handle
this operation and designing a nuclear reactor is a big challenge as a lot of policies need to be
satisfied. A 2008 review of what is needed to revive nuclear power in the United States found
that “potential bottlenecks in constructing a nuclear plant include…shortages of skilled trades
people for plant construction and skilled personnel to design and operate plants safely and
efficiently” (MacFarlane et al., 2008).
For the prospects, the world is developing the fourth generation of nuclear plant and still
under study in the framework of the “Generation IV International Forum” (GIF) and the
“International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles” (INPRO) . This study is
focusing to increase the efficiency of the nuclear reactor and reduces the volume of the waste.
The generation of nuclear energy from uranium produces not only electricity but also spent fuel
and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) as a by-product. For this HLW, a technical and socially
acceptable solution is necessary. The time scale needed for the radiotoxicity of the spent fuel to
drop to the level of natural uranium is very long (i.e. of the order of 200 000–300 000 years). The
preferred solution for disposing of spent fuel or the HLW resulting from classical reprocessing is
deep geological storage. Whilst there are no such geological repositories operating yet in the
world, Sweden, Finland and France are on track to have such facilities ready by 2025 (Kautsky et
al. 2013). In this context it should also be mentioned that it is only for a minor fraction of the
HLW that recycling and transmutation is required since adequate separation techniques of the
fuel can be recycled and again fed through the LWR system.

Permanent disposal of nuclear waste

To permanently dispose the highly radioactive waste is a big challenge and it become the
world concern because in the future the volumes waste will be overflow and causing problems.
In current solution , the only way to dispose the waste is to store them in a container and put
them deep underground.
In my thought, one possible way to permanently to dispose this waste is by recycle and
reuse them. Maybe it is not the time to fully reuse them because we still lack of technologies.
Science is a complex subjects. Instead of investing money to dispose them to somewhere or
reducing its lifetime, why not build advance technologies and some discoveries to reuse the
waste. The materials in the waste can somehow be splitted and can be used as a fuel.
QUESTION 3

Biofuels can be used efficiently in any of the advanced propulsion systems now
reaching the market. These include mainly hybrids and fuel cells. Hybrid vehicle
technology that currently relies on fossil fuels (i.e. gasoline, diesel, natural gas and liquefied
petroleum gas) may well take advantage of biofuels’ growing availability.
For instance, a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a high-efficiency dedicated ethanol
engine could present superior performance compared with current commercial
versions. Depending upon technology characteristics, fossil fuel substitution could
reach 100 per cent on a volume basis.
Fuel cell technology could also benefit. The availability of multi-fuel on-board
reformers that could continuously generate hydrogen out of methanol, ethanol,
DME or TB would enable vehicles to use a combination of conventional and
lower-cost fuelling systems. Alternatively, commercial-size multi-fuel reformers
could generate hydrogen from biofuels on-site at retail stations, avoiding costly
hydrogen distribution infrastructure.