The new battery reacts within a fraction of a second, far faster than conventional plants can with their rotating masses.
Could adding fixed grid charges to the bills of solar customers encourage more people to ditch their utility?
SunPower has flagged the introduction of battery storage into the commercial market in 2015 in Australia, as it looks to rapidly expand its home energy service offerings.
A new report concludes that policymakers and regulators are not prepared for consumer empowerment on the grid.
With more houses using distributed PV with battery storage but still needing a utility, how will distributed storage integrate into the current market?
Report predicts global energy storage market will ‘explode’ to annual installation size of 6GW in 2017 and over 40GW by 2022.
The SolarCity/Tesla partnership has made solar and battery storage sexy. But the product is not new; others have been doing it for years.
Battery storage costs are falling much faster than predicted, providing benefits to consumers and network operators.
There is a lot of focus on the ability of battery storage to shift peaks and store energy for hours, or even days. But energy systems with high renewables penetration will need longer term solutions – hydrogen, compressed air, pumped hydro are three technologies being looked at in Australia and elsewhere.
Networks are facing the biggest challenge to their business model since poles and wires were first erected a century ago. It will need new concepts such as a ‘thin pipe’ model to control costs, retain customers and avoid having stranded assets. Otherwise, they will fall victim to solar ‘guerrillas’.