Battery group unveils online map of global storage installations

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An online map developed by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has identified the location of more than 120 lead-battery storage projects worldwide.

The CBI published the map as part of the lead-up to the Energy Storage Association’s annual conference, which is being held this week in Phoenix, Arizona. The map features operational storage systems on every continent except South America. It even pinpoints the location of a 400 kWh system – powered by batteries supplied by Berlin-based Younicos, now part of the Aggreko group – at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

“We are seeing growing interest in lead-battery energy storage for utility and renewables systems all over the world,” said CBI director Alistair Davidson. “The aim of this initiative is to highlight some of these installations and encourage companies to share other examples. Our analysis suggests demand for battery energy storage will increase significantly in the next five years. This new tool will allow us to demonstrate that the latest lead-battery technology is supporting a wide range of installations with reliable, safe, sustainable and cost-effective energy storage.”

Village mini grids included

By drawing on case studies, the map gives detailed information on how lead-battery storage systems are supporting renewables projects globally. The map includes a number of systems serving as back-up for small local grids.

The online tool also lists a handful of off-grid installations powering isolated communities, including an 18 kWh microgrid in Nigeria. That installation – powered by batteries supplied by California-based Trojan Battery – was built with Green Village Electricity Projects, a Nigerian PV mini grid developer. The project is providing electricity to 260 homes and 60 businesses in the small village of Bisanti.

CBI’s interactive map also lists battery storage installations in Australia, a hotbed for global deployment. A report by Bloomberg NEF in January predicted more than 70,000 energy storage systems will be installed in the country’s residential segment alone this year. With Australian storage demand set to triple, the nation is expected to account for 30% of global demand by the end of the year.