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A new report from Navigant Research says the mostly first-world nations on these continents were behind the growth of the distributed energy storage industry, but this was aided by government support early on.

The distributed energy storage industry has seen significant growth during the past 5 years due to several key factors, according to the report. DESSs are inherently flexible, can be deployed rapidly, have the potential to provide multiple grid and customer benefits, and can generate multiple value streams. In addition, breakthroughs in adjacent digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and predictive analytics, are facilitating the emergence of DESSs as a key enabling technology for aggregated distributed energy resources (DER) solutions that are propelling DESS projects toward economic viability and improved bankability. 

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“Much of the early success in these regions is the result of financial incentives and government support for energy storage and other DER,” says Ricardo F. Rodriguez, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Incentives and subsidies in each of these three markets, paired with support from utilities, have made DESSs an economical investment for many customers.”

According to the report, utilities around the world are recognizing the benefits of DESSs and launching programs to deploy DESSs on their electrical systems. Utility involvement, cost declines, government incentives, and increased solar PV integration are currently the primary growth drivers responsible for increased DESS deployments.

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