Week in smart metering - Storage on the grid

Cost effective storage should lead to relieving pressure on energy security, writes Claire Volkwyn, editor, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 07 Sep 2016

Any conversation around the integration of renewable or load management at some stage moves to energy storage and the impact this will have on the grid.

From the re-use of EV batteries for load management (covered in MSEI issue 3-2016), to the development of new technologies that offers improved efficiency and cost effectiveness, everyone believes that storage will – without over using the term – be a game changer in this sector. 

We believe that storage, if cost effective, will remove the excuse that renewable energy intermittency is the main reason it cannot be seriously considered as base load, that it’s effective utilisation will enable load balancing and improve power quality and that these combined will relieve pressure around energy security and aid the achievement of various climate change goals.

Our next edition, which has a strong focus on Spain (the host country for this year’s European Utility Week), features a number of articles on energy storage.  Be sure to be on the look out for the next edition which is due in early October.

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