Workers install battery modules at the Manatee Energy Storage Center in Florida, being developed by Florida Power & Light. The project, on track to be complete by the end of the year, will have 409 megawatts of capacity, which would make it the largest battery storage project in the world by capacity. Photo Credit: Florida Power & Light

EnvironmentTechnology USA7. November 2021

Another Record Year for Energy Storage

2021 reigns in a record year for the development of global energy storage, with 12.4 gigawatts of online energy storage capacity, in comparison to 1 gigawatt in 2016 (which was also then a record year!).

This increase in storage allows for battery-powered systems to generate energy for a longer time than ever before when other resources are unavailable. The discharge capacity now stands at 28 gigawatt-hours, almost triple that of 2020.

“In 2021, we can say with certainty that we’ve entered an era of supersize energy storage projects,” says Dan Gearino of Inside Climate News. What’s more, Wood Mackenzie, an energy research firm, predicts that by 2030, the world will have access to 70 gigawatts of energy storage.

The value in this increase of energy storage mainly lies in the ability for battery storage and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, to work alongside each other. Further, these battery technologies will likely lead to advances in electric vehicles. Though the technology is still quite new, creating a hard-to-predict future, one thing is for certain: the energy storage boom of 2021 is significant and has global implications.

Inside Climate News

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