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MEETING THE SURGE: UTILITY SECTOR’S STRONG DEMAND FOR ENERGY STORAGE

  • By Admin
  • February 19, 2024
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In recent years, the global energy landscape has witnessed a profound transformation, marked by a remarkable surge in demand for energy storage solutions. According to Precedence Research, the global energy storage systems market size was valued at $211 Billion in 2021 and is expected to more than double that by the year 2030 to $435 Billion. Nowhere is the demand more pronounced than in the utility sector, where the quest for reliability, efficiency, and sustainability has intensified. Energy storage technologies have emerged as a critical enabler in addressing the challenges posed by renewable energy integration, grid stability, and evolving needs of modern power systems.

Utility-scale energy storage projects are proliferating worldwide, ranging from large-scale battery installations to pumped hydro storage facilities and innovative concepts such as compressed air energy storage and thermal energy storage. Collaborative partnerships between utilities, technology providers, regulators, and research institutions are accelerating the deployment of energy storage solutions and fostering a more resilient, sustainable, and adaptable energy ecosystem.

As utilities navigate this transformative journey, energy storage will undoubtedly emerge as a cornerstone technology, empowering them to navigate uncertainty, optimize resource utilization, and deliver reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy services to customers and communities alike. A good example of this was Vistra Energy’s third phase of it’s Moss Landing BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) project going live last year, resulting in a total capacity of 750MW/3,000MWh in total (pictured) and resulting in the largest lithium-ion BESS proejct commissioned.

Without energy storage, the path to net zero will be a rocky road. As said by Morgan Lewis in a report published in March of 2023, Energy Storage is “the technology that will cash the checks written by the renewable energy industry.”

Photo Credit: Vistra Energy