Battery storage paves way for a renewable-powered future

FuturENERGY April-May 2020

Battery storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables in power systems worldwide. A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) illustrates how electricity storage technologies can be used for a variety of applications in the power sector, from e-mobility and behind-the-meter (BTM) applications to utility-scale projects.

Utility-scale batteries, for example, can enable a greater injection of renewables into the grid by storing excess generation and by firming renewable energy output. Furthermore, and particularly when paired with renewable generators, batteries help provide reliable and cheaper electricity in isolated grids and off-grid communities, which would otherwise rely on expensive imported diesel fuel for power generation.