Why storage is different to PV

Trends reveal the energy storage industry may not follow the growth pattern of solar, due to the need for a wider range of different technologies. Photo credit: Ads-tec

Trends reveal the energy storage industry may not follow the growth pattern of solar, due to the need for a wider range of different technologies. Photo credit: Ads-tec

By Jason Deign

Claims that energy storage is likely to evolve in the same way as solar might not be as accurate as previously thought, current trends reveal.

In particular, the move towards technology consolidation apparent in the photovoltaic (PV) sector is unlikely to materialise to the same extent in storage because of storage’s much wider range of applications.

At Energy Storage Europe this month, Ads-tec managing director Thomas Speidel is expected to say that the wide range of technologies being used for storage is a key to the success of the industry.

“We are experiencing a disruptive change to our energy economy,” he said in a press note. “That is why quickly scalable storage technologies such as battery storage, which can easily be rolled out, are beneficial.”

The need for different technologies to cater for applications as diverse as frequency regulation and time-of-use shifting marks energy storage apart from solar, despite frequent comparisons between the two.
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