By Jason Deign
The case for implementing storage in electricity networks should be based on long-term weather analyses, attendees at the Energy Storage World Forum will hear.
Including weather patterns as one of the main variables in a business case analysis will help show niches where storage “makes a lot of sense,” said Dr Björn Peters, who will be speaking on the topic at the Forum in Berlin this May.
For off-grid mining operations in hot climates, for example, “there might be a very good business case for solar storage” compared to diesel.
Within grids, meanwhile, storage can offer value in helping to balance out short-term fluctuations in intermittent renewable energy.
However, Peters’ research is worrying for policy makers who hope to rely completely on intermittent renewable energy generation to reach European carbon reduction targets.
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