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EUROBAT welcomes the recognition of batteries as a powerful storage solution, as included in EURELECTRIC’s newly-published report: Decentralized Storage: Impact on Future Distribution Grids (click here to download report). EUROBAT’s member companies have provided significant input to EURELECTRIC during the drafting process to ensure that the potential of battery energy storage (BES) is accurately represented in the publication.
According to the EURELECTRIC report, future challenges for distribution system operators (DSOs) include increasing peak loads, stricter power quality requirements and the continuous development of distributed generation. Batteries of all technologies would play an important role in answering these challenges within the context of tomorrow's smart grid. For systems of increasingly bi‑directional power flows, electrical storage devices in the distribution grid could 'smooth out' supply and demand. Moreover, as the share of renewables in the European power system increases, the advantages of BES for integrating different renewable sources are increasingly clear.
EUROBAT is certain that decentralised storage through all battery technologies based on lead, lithium, nickel and sodium will be essential for developing a smarter electricity system across Europe. It will also be a key way to integrate renewable energy sources such as solar and wind into the energy generation portfolio.
Importantly, energy storage on the distribution side has not yet reached maturity. It remains unclear who will be the operator in charge of its investment and management, and there is huge potential for storage technologies to increasingly complement other types of flexibility solutions such as demand response/flexible generation. These important developments will further increase the competitiveness of decentralized storage technologies in the near future.
For more details about battery energy storage and renewable energy supply, please check EUROBAT White Paper published in May 2011.
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