|Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant. Photos courtesy of Solar Reserve|
And here is how much of that energy was provided by clean and renewable energy, mostly from solar (yellow line) and wind (blue line):
I know what you’re thinking because I thought the same thing when I first saw it—“Where is the duck?!” Let me help you with my phenomenal Photoshop skills:
I don’t know whose bright idea it was to name this the Duck Curve, but the Duck signifies the energy provided by natural gas and other fossil fuels. , the Duck becomes smaller and smaller.
To successfully cut off the Duck’s head, we need a way to store excess solar energy during the day so we can use it at night. Enter my (and Justin Timberlake’s) favorite technology—solar thermal energy storage. Solar thermal power plants, similar to the one outside Las Vegas, are . Grid level batteries are also being heavily researched and developed, but they are still than .