Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

September 10th, 2017 No Comments   Posted in solar energy storage

Solar + Energy Storage = Future of Mankind

I am sharing this earth-shaking article from ENERGY CENTRAL.

The Saharan Desert is poised to provide limitless power to the whole of EUROPE.

Here in the Philippines, the local pioneer is SOLAR PHILIPPINES headed by the young and energetic Mr. Leandro Leviste.

Likewise, electric vehicles (EVs) will dominate the global market by 2030-2040 as more global car manufacturers shift completely from petrol to petrol-electric hybrid to pure electric vehicles with grid electricity coming from renewable energy and off-peak solar photo voltaic (solar PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) that will provide base-load generation thru large scale storage batteries (lithium ion, vanadium). Electric vehicles can now travel from 200-400 km per charge and is expected to rise as battery technology improves further.

It looks now that solar energy is poised to replace the sunset fossil oil and coal-fired power generation in many places of the world such as USA, China and Europe.

The growth trend in both the energy storage market and the solar market puts solar-plus-storage in a market sweet spot. IMS Research indicates that the market for storing power from solar panels will grow to $19 billion by the end of this year.

Energy storage installation is expected to expand rapidly from 6 gigawatts in 2017 to more than 40 gigawatts by 2022 according to the Energy Storage Association, and the industry is expected to be worth nearly $11 billion by 2022. The solar industry has also experienced a boom as the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017.

More and more solar-plus-storage projects are starting all over the U.S., largely due to the fact that lithium-ion prices are dropping and customers now feel more comfortable with the technology. Thus, according to GreenTech Media, energy storage has become the “Darling of the Solar Industry.” The main benefit of solar-plus-storage is its ability to maximize the benefits of intermittent resources such as solar and wind power.

Residential + Solar + Storage

Homeowners benefit from solar-plus-storage because it saves them more money than either system can by themselves, and it reduces their carbon footprint that much more as well. As prices drop, more residential customers will install solar-plus-storage systems in their homes to take advantage of these benefits. Residential energy storage is expected to growth exponentially from 95 megawatts in 2016 to 3,773 megawatts by 2025.

The installed price of residential solar-plus-storage systems has already dropped 25 to 30 percent over the last two to three years, according to Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage for GTM Research. In addition, he says that consumers can realize additional cost reductions when they take advantage of state and federal incentives.

Utilities + Solar + Storage

Solar-plus-storage can make utilities more productive and help them maximize revenues. For example, demand for electricity can increase when consumers utilize solar-plus-storage technology. This demand reduces the need for new fossil fuel facilities, leading to an environmental benefit as well.

In addition, utilities can contract with their customers to draw power from their batteries when the grid needs it, thus lowering energy costs for all stakeholders and protecting against the environmental consequences of burning more fossil fuels to generate energy. More utilities will start to take advantage of solar-plus-storage as prices for utility-scale systems decrease. In fact, one manufacturer says that solar paired with energy storage can be supplied to utilities at a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Kevin Williams is a native of Kansas City, MO with a history of entrepreneurship. He has been a principal in several start-ups and consulted with business owners at many levels.