Positive indicators for the forward march of energy storage continue to abound, such as the inclusion of the sector in McKinsey Global Institute’s list of 12 Disruptive Technologies That Are Changing The World. Meanwhile, ASD Reports forecasts the grid-scale battery market will top USD$1 billion for the first time by the end of the year and Lux Research projects more than 10 times that figure in 2017.
But as we’re always asking at Energy Storage Report, where is all this lovely money going to come from? The first answer is software. 1Energy, a startup from Seattle, USA, is looking for a way to improve the interoperability of large-scale batteries and thus allow the seamless use of different battery types in one energy storage project.
“We envision a future when there are various storage sockets, if you will… and battery manufacturers can sell energy storage in the same way a transformer manufacturer would sell catalogue products to the utility today,” David Kaplan, the company’s chief executive, told the Electricity Storage Association annual conference this month.
By overcoming the lack of scalability and modularity through software, Kaplan thinks utilities will be far happier to commit to battery energy storage as they would not be tied to one supplier. Another option for adoption, and probably the most newsworthy, is the possibility of tax credits for energy storage in the US.
The Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act was introduced in the 112th Congress with bipartisan support and now has been re-introduced. If passed, it would allow credits for almost all types of energy storage.
And a third adoption driver could be from improving relations between technology suppliers and large corporations, financiers, government, educational and other bodies to form what Lux Research describes as “megaclusters”, with complex, interlocking relationships (as reported in Renewable Energy World). If you aware of any other initiatives, tell us.