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It is a sad indictment of humankind that we always seem to feel the need for an adversarial approach to life, particularly when it includes the future of our planet.
We all recognise that there is an urgent need to develop a sustainable energy system, no longer dependent on finite fossil fuels. Given that, one might imagine that we would all be seeking the optimum solutions for each and every energy need, instead of insisting that our personally preferred technology should be used for every application.
Given it’s one of the world’s top exporters of coal, Australia might not be top of mind when it comes to new energy. One area where it is ahead of the curve though, is virtual power plants (VPPs) using residential energy storage. Indeed, ignoring any near-term market disruption due to COVID-19, we see the potential for a doubling of residential storage assets taking part in a VPP over the coming year or so. This will take the installed base active in a VPP to 10,000 systems. Alongside Germany, this makes Australia one of the most active global markets we have seen.
At Delta-EE, we decided to look at what has been fuelling this growth down under. Here, I set out some of the key reasons we identified:
Demand side response as an effective approach to shift peak load and reduce network congestion, has been perceived as a promising trend for energy management and supply.
Residential demand response (DR) is starting to attract widespread attention, following on from steady growth in commercial and industrial demand response. We explore how developed residential DR is, and the size and nature of the opportunity.
Last week I attended the Energy Storage Global Conference (ESGC18) in Brussels, organised by the European Association for the Storage of Energy (EASE). It was a very well organised and enjoyable event but as always, content is king, and the conference certainly delivered on this front too.
There were lots of interesting presentations over three days, and Delta-ee Director Andy Bradley had the opportunity to present headlines from our EMMES 2.0 report published in June. See here for details of the EMMES 2.0 report and contact email@example.com if you would like a copy of the presentation.
Last week, Ikea announced that it would be ‘launching’ a battery storage offering to sell alongside its solar panels in the UK . The week previously, Siemens – another well-known brand – announced that it would be joining forces with AES to create a global force in energy storage.
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