Battery storage enters growth phase in Germany

Germany’s battery storage industry is expected to expand by 81 per cent this year, as 323 MW of the technology are to be developed as against 143 MW in 2016 and 178 MW last year.

German advisory group Team Consult announced the projections this week.

Up to another 110 MW could be constructed this year and may come on stream in 2019, the group said in research presented during a storage industry meeting in Dusseldorf.
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Batteries are required to cope with the growing extent of renewables on the grid, and to assist the grid in managing excess energy.

Germany also often acts as an involuntary power exporter to neighbouring countries, sending unwanted surpluses to overstretched grids there. New energy storage capacity including batteries could help stop this.

Turnover in the energy storage industry could grow to EUR5.1bn ($6.32bn) this year from EUR4.6 billion in 2017, Team Consult said.

The total would consist of EUR3.3bn derived from big batteries, renewable electricity capture and conversion into hydrogen, and from heat storage, while EUR1.8bn would come from pumped storage plants.

Team Consult said there are export opportunities if the storage sector proves to be a good test case in Germany. “Some countries including the U.S. need big grid back-ups in future,” said author Christoph Hankeln.

There are now also 85,000 home storage power batteries in Germany. These could reach a capacity of 385 MW this year after 280 MW in 2017 and 185 MW in 2016, Team Consult added.

These are mostly owned by solar rooftop generators, typically families with detached houses.à‚ 

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