Germany might get most of the attention but when it comes to European grid-scale battery storage the real action is in Italy, a new report says. Based on an analysis of US Department of Energy data for Energy Storage Update Europe 2015, Top markets for energy storage in Europe shows Italy dominating in grid-scale storage by a large margin.
Thanks mainly to a gigantic battery installation by Terna, the transmission system operator (TSO), Italy has almost double the amount of battery capacity in train as the next 11 largest European energy storage markets put together.
Terna’s SANC complex in Campania, totalling more than 278MWh of storage, not only surpasses the battery storage capacity of any other European market but also skews the electrochemical technology mix for the whole continent.
It means Europe’s dominant electrochemical technology for grid-scale applications is set to be sodium-based batteries, rather than lithium-ion, for some time.
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