Energy storage will dramatically transform the way the world
uses energy in the near future.

As well as offering more flexible, reliable and efficient energy use for consumers, storage is an effective way to smooth out the supply of variable forms of renewable energy such as solar and wind power. It gives consumers greater control of their power use and enables them to take full advantage of the solar energy that they generate themselves.

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Unlocking the potential of energy storage in Australia

In May 2017 the Clean Energy Council released a policy paper, Charging Forward: Policy and regulatory reforms to unlock the potential of energy storage in Australia, outlining a package of targeted reforms to support the increased roll out of energy storage projects at residential, commercial and grid scales.

The policy paper recommends 13 reforms across four categories to achieve this, ranging from removing regulatory barriers and rewarding the value of storage behind the meter, to protecting consumers and changes that would allow storage to support grid security through its fast frequency response capability.

You can read more about this paper here.

In April 2015, the Clean Energy Council also developed the Australian Energy Storage Roadmap to help this exciting emerging technology reach its potential.

The state of energy storage in Australia

Energy storage is a rapidly developing sector, and is now at a similar stage to where rooftop solar power was a decade ago. As the transformation of the energy sector accelerates, the potential and role for various forms of energy storage is growing rapidly. Approximately 6750 batteries with a capacity of 52 MWh were installed in 2016, more than 13 times the 500 installations in 2015. It is predicted that growth in the battery market will at least treble in 2017. 

Several large-scale storage projects were completed in 2016, including the 2 MWh installation at the Sandfire Resources Copper Mine and the 1.1 MWh community installation at Alkimos Beach in Western Australia.

A variety of brands have launched their own storage products in 2017, including a number of Clean Energy Council members.

The future of energy storage in Australia

With the September 2016 state-wide blackout in South Australia leading to a national debate about energy security, grid-scale storage such as pumped hydro and battery arrays became the focus of intense interest in 2016. As a result, the Victorian Government called for expressions of interest to build a 20 MW battery array and the South Australian Government will fund 100 MW of battery storage to be completed in time for the 2017 summer.

In March 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans for Snowy Hydro 2.0, which would expand the original scheme to include 2000 MW of pumped hydro storage. A feasibility study has also been announced into the expansion of Tasmania's hydro power network to include up to 2500 MW of pumped hydro.

The ACT announced the winners of its battery storage auction in 2016, and it aims to roll out 36 MW of storage across 5000 homes in the territory at subsidised rates by the end of the decade.

Sources:

  • Clean Energy Australia Report 2016

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