Don’t forget hidden resources on the energy grid – like hot water as storage

Australian and US energy leaders agreed today at Energy Networks 2016 in Adelaide that fresh thinking was needed about the existing opportunities in the energy system.

Terry Effeney, CEO of Queensland distributor Energex, and Lena Hansen from the Rocky Mountain Institute agreed it would be possible to unlock greater use of hot water storage, in addition to new battery storage systems entering the grid.

Mr Effeney said the network had huge amounts of storage connected to it now – “it’s called hot water”.