“Energy Storage” has become the new buzzword in the context of the energy transition. The heavily increasing power fluctuations caused by wind and photovoltaics have lead to a decoupling of the generation and demand of electricity. In the course of the expansion of installed renewable capacity, fluctuations in the power grid have not decreased but increased (see figure).
This situation is expected to intensify in the future. Economically usable energy storage technologies have the potential to make the energy transition manageable. Energy Storage could enable the cross-sectoral utilization of CO2-free produced electricity and become the missing link between the power, gas, heating and mobility sectors.
Hourly gradients of renewable generation within the German power grid 2011 vs. 2015*
New energy storage solutions are entering the market
The challenges for grid operators are increasing drastically due to the expansion of installed renewable capacities. They have to take various measures to stabilize the power grid. This can be seen in the increase of Redispatch over the last years.
Power generation of wind and photovoltaics has to be increasingly curtailed (see figure)
New energy storage solutions are suited to absorb excess power and make it usable with a time-delay or in regions where power is actually needed.
Energy storage technologies are reaching market maturity. This includes e.g. small scale and large scale batteries, Power-to-Heat and Power-to-Gas.
Development of Redispatch und Curtailment between 2011 and 2015
We support players of the energy market to evaluate the strategic relevance of energy storage for their business.
- Market analyses and expert reports
- Development of business models for traditional utilities and new entrants
- Consulting of manufacturers with regard to marketing and distribution potential
- Support of infrastructure operators to evaluate chances and risks
- Due Diligence for investors