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Energy Storage Futures, Vol 5, Role and Impact in 2050

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Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) over the last year released a multi-section study titled “Storage Futures Study,” hereafter SFS. The high-level goal of this is to model energy storage systems’ implementation out to 2050.

SFS section 6 reports the final result of this study, and our Volume 5 is a summary of this section and my final summary-volume for this series.

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Jim Stack on Mar 4, 2022

Storage is the greatest improvement to the GRID in 100 years. The cost is dropping and the life of the batteries is getting better each week. 

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John Benson on Mar 8, 2022

Thanks for the comment, Jim.

I agree, CAISO, in at least one case, has used strategically placed BESS in lieu of transmission path upgrades.


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Afshin Matin on Mar 10, 2022

Thank you John, Jim and others for the comments provided. John: I may contact you re the NREL study (SFS). Very useful. So far, I can see Li-Ion only economically affordable if deployed for short duration applications: ancillary services (load following), peak reducing, and inter-day arbitrage (previous night into next day high energy cost dispatch. Do you agree?

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John Benson on Mar 17, 2022

Hi Afshin:

I'll let my post this morning speak for me:


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