Global new power capacity for utility-scale energy storage expected to grow 35 percent, says Navigant Research

The emergence of solar plus storage projects is the most important trend seen in the global industry in the past 2 years


KEY POINTS
  • The emergence of solar plus storage projects is the most important trend seen in the global industry in the past 2 years.
  • According to a new report from Navigant, in 2019, global new capacity additions of utility-scale energy storage are expected to reach 1,557.0 MW.
  • This number is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.8% to reach 22,909.2 MW of new capacity deployed in 2028.

Colorado — A new report from Navigant Research examines the market drivers, challenges, key trends, and growth projections for the global utility-scale energy storage (USES) industry, with forecasts for power capacity (MW), energy capacity (MWh), and deployment revenue, through 2028.

As the global USES industry continues its pattern of rapid growth, inflection points are arising around the world.

The technology is becoming competitive with conventional power grid systems and, while the industry remains diverse, repeating trends are surfacing in the early adopter markets that have grown and become more mature.

“A key trend seen around the world is that the early stages of a market’s development typically include projects that are smaller and focused on single applications, often grid stability services such as frequency regulation,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “As markets mature, such as the US, Germany, and Australia, new projects tend to shift to target more substantial multi revenue stream opportunities for capacity and reserve services, including combined renewables plus storage plants.”

The emergence of solar plus storage projects has been the most important trend seen in the global USES industry in the past 2 years, according to the report.

These combined projects account for a large percentage of newly announced energy storage capacity, including some of the largest projects being built. Standardization among these new solar plus storage projects has been key to driving their growth, both in terms of technical designs and contract structures through combined power purchase agreements (PPAs).

The report, Utility-Scale Energy Storage Overview, provides an update on the market drivers, challenges, key trends, and growth projections for the global USES industry. Additional insight is provided on the leading technologies in the market and the leading players across various elements of the USES value chain.

Forecasts segmented by region, technology, and application for power capacity (MW), energy capacity (MWh), and deployment revenue extend through 2028. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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