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According to new reports issued by Navigant Research, the global annual power capacity additions for utility-scale and distributed energy storage will exceed 50GW by 2026In a statement, Navigant Research said that the energy storage systems market has experienced  significant growth in developed economies which adopted the technologies in its nascent phases.

The organisation’s two new reports analysing the global utility-scale energy storage systems and distributed energy storage systems markets found that the adoption of energy storage systems is also increasing in new markets or developing economies.

Factors including the emergence of new business models, changes in regulations, constraints associated with the integration of grid systems with renewable energy resources and utility awareness on the role of energy storage in modernising grid systems have been found the main drivers in the growth of the utility-scale energy storage systems market.

At the same time, an increase in the development of innovative software which enables grid systems and distributed energy resources to be integrated and participate in wholesale markets is driving the growth of the distributed energy storage systems market.

Navigant Research forecasts the annual utility-scale energy storage power capacity additions to grow from 1,158MW in 2017 to 30,472MW by 2026. The distributed energy storage annual power capacity is expected to rise from 683.9MW in 2017 to 19,699MW by 2026.

By the end of 2017, the research firm says it forecasts 58% of new energy storage capacity to be represented by five countries.

However, by 2026, due to increases in adoption of energy storage at a global scale, these five countries will represent 51% of the globe’s total energy storage capacity.

Alex Eller, a research analyst with Navigant Research, commented: “Worldwide, the energy storage industry continues to gain momentum, with an increasing number of new projects being announced and commissioned.

“While most activity remains highly concentrated in select markets, newly announced projects indicate that significant geographic diversification is taking place.”

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Meanwhile, in the US, energy provider Southern Company has launched its energy storage pilot programme in partnership with Gulf Power, EPRI and Tesla.

Southern Company said it is partnering with its subsidiary Gulf Power, the Electric Power Research Institute's Integrated Grid Initiative and Tesla in deploying the energy storage pilot. Read more...

 

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