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Grid Scale Energy Storage: A $68Billion Market

January 6, 2015
   
A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for utility­scale energy storage for both bulk an ancillary service applications.    
 As distributed, renewable power generation resources multiply and grid operators seek ways to balance loads across the system using an increasingly diverse range of assets, the demand for grid­scale energy storage is rising.  The grid­scale energy storage market has developed in a disjointed fashion over the last several years, but now there are signals that the market is poised for significant expansion.   According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from energy storage for the grid and ancillary services is expected to total $68.5 billion from 2014 through 2024.

“Developing energy storage that is viable for grid applications has been a goal of vendors and grid operators for a number of years,” says Anissa Dehamna, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. 

“Recently a number of factors, including the falling price for lithium­ion battery systems, have begun to converge to bring that goal close to fruition.”

Although incumbent pumped storage remains the dominant technology, in terms of installed capacity, the market has started moving quickly, according to the report, across a number of technologies including lithium ion, power­to­gas, flow battery, and compressed air systems.  In total, Navigant Research estimates that 362.8 megawatts (MW) of projects have been announced in the 2013 to ­2014 period, with an almost equal distribution between North America (103.3 MW), Asia Pacific (100.5 MW), and Western Europe (91.1 MW).

The report, “Energy Storage for the Grid and Ancillary Services,” analyzes the global market for utility­scale energy storage for both bulk an ancillary service applications. Specifically, the markets analyzed in this report are: grid asset optimization, wind integration, solar integration, arbitrage, T&D upgrade deferral, frequency regulation, voltage support, spinning reserve, electric supply reserve capacity, and load following.  The report provides an analysis of the market issues, opportunities, and market challenges, associated with utility scale storage.  Global market forecasts for power capacity, energy capacity, and revenue, broken out by both segment and region, extend through 2024.  The report also examines the key technologies related to utilityscale energy storage, as well as the competitive landscape.  An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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