Smart Energy International spoke with George Dudley of the China Energy Storage Alliance to understand how storage is fundamentally going to change the energy sector in China.
At present, the scale at which energy storage applications are used in China’s energy system is one of the top three in the world. We have begun to see large-scale development and application trends appear, and power generators, grid companies, and power customers have all been active participants in energy storage. However, the growth of large-scale development has also made gaps in policy and market support more apparent.
The rapid development of energy storage technology and its ever-expanding scale of applications has created new questions for the country’s energy management bureaus. On one hand, energy storage technologies and applications still need to be properly defined and formal approval methods for system construction and operations must be established, tasks both of which require careful planning from energy regulators.