NETHERLANDS - Storing Excess Power Underwater

Arno Froese

With 17 new wind farm projects planned for Scotland, the UK’s offshore wind power capacity is set to more than double.

But what happens when the wind is blowing, the turbines are cranking out electricity and there’s no demand for it?

It’s already a problem. In 2020, enough electricity to supply more than one million homes was wasted due to a lack of storage, according to a report by KPMG that was commissioned by the power company Drax. 

But one firm, which won a 2022 Best of Innovation award at the CES technology show earlier this year, believes it has the solution.

Dutch startup, Ocean Grazer, has developed the Ocean Battery, which stores energy below the wind farm.

When there is excess electricity the system pumps water from an underground reservoir into tough, flexible bladders that sit on the sea bed. You could think of them like big bicycle inner tubes.

A prototype designed for deep water has already been tested at the port of Groningen in the Netherlands. The firm is now preparing to test a second system that has been modified for shallower water in a lake in the northern Netherlands. This should be operational next year.

-www.bbc.com, 4 February 2022

Arno's Commentary

Energy is a key word in the industrialized world. More so clean energy—in this case, wind power. 

It is not surprising this idea originates with the Dutch, who conquered the sea, adding about 17 percent to their landmass. Today, they have successfully tested the system, and the firm stated it “should be operational next year.”

The other key is the environment and global warming. Many private and government international organizations are constantly faced with the problem of the much-anticipated increase in global temperature and its consequences.

While it is not our concern as Christians to be actively involved, we have to admit that these environmentalists have definitely contributed toward a cleaner world: cleaner air, water, and a carefully monitored food supply. 

It is not if but when the collective world will change the weather patterns and influence the climate. Then they will triumph, showing their ability to even control the atmosphere. The result? More independence from God, leading to the fulfillment of Jeremiah 1:16b: “and worshipped the works of their own hands.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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