Sunday, June 7, 2009

Study: Energy Storage Market Will Grow Ten-fold in 10 Years

Practical and effective ways to store utility-scale energy were thought to be a dream just a few years ago. But a set of new technologies are changing all of that according to a recent study.

North American Wind Power reports:

"While storing electricity was once thought a practical impossibility, a variety of technologies have now emerged to disprove that theory, and the global energy-storage market is poised to grow from $329 million in 2008 to $4.1 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Pike Research.

One major challenge is that, unlike renewable energy, energy storage technologies have historically received very little support in the form of government subsidies and incentives, which has slowed development. This is beginning to change, however, and utilities will be the beneficiaries of significant U.S. government and venture capital investment in advanced batteries for the transportation sector, according to the research.
Pike Research's study, "Energy Storage Technology Markets," analyzes the opportunity for several key technology categories, including advanced batteries, pumped hydro, compressed air, flow batteries and frequency regulation for utility-scale applications." See full article.

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