Energy storage’s current focus on the advantages of different technologies is potentially wrong, according to the head of one of Europe’s top battery companies. Anil Srivastava, chief executive of Leclanché, says that instead of debating the merits of individual storage technologies the industry needs to adopt a multiple-technology approach that consolidates the strengths of different options into hybrid systems.
This plea is expected to be the centrepiece of Srivastava’s keynote speech at the Energy Storage Europe conference in Düsseldorft next month.
“Different storage applications often require different capabilities,” says Srivastava. “While some areas of application need high output and quick reaction, others demand inexpensive storage technologies with a high capacity.
“Frequently these various features need to be combined seamlessly with each other. These days, many people are on the lookout for a kind of miracle system that fulfils all their requirements equally as well.”
Until such a concept exists, Srivastava argues, batteries, for example, will continue to be used in devices to which they are not ideally suited, which will lead to oversized storage systems or reduced service lifespans.
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