A better decision-making process and understanding of existing technologies, as well as battery applications, is needed so we can produce a level of value that can match asset return expectations.
Here are some of the questions that were answered during our webinar:
• What’s your perspective on the upcoming opportunities for batteries that do not require great amounts of lithium-ion?
• Do you see redox flow batteries as being a currently competing system with lithium-ion?
• What other storage systems aside from batteries are EDP looking at? And what do you think will be competitive in that regard?
• Considering that lithium-ion is the market leader, how much is that being driven by the push towards EV versus it being appropriate for the grid-scale uses we actually require?
• If we were to imagine a future where a battery could provide grid-scale electricity for a large city during intermittency, what would actually be feasible and what are the key alternatives?
• Do you agree that the process to produce and use green hydrogen is very inefficient at the moment?
• How do you think long-duration storage – in relation to the curtailment of energy waste – will affect the power trading market?
• How important is it to classify the performance of cells prior to mounting into modules?
• What do you think of the use of NMC batteries for second life?
• At the moment, what are the most commercially attractive use cases? Are there any promising new business cases that you see emerging?
• What conditions of the US market make it such an attractive place at the moment?
Note – this webinar took place on Wednesday 06 October 2021.
The webinar and Q&A session with EDP’s Head of Energy Storage & Flexibility uncovered:
• Grid-scale battery storage developments and considerations, including alternatives such as hydrogen.
• Second-life batteries and technologies affecting related markets and services (e.g., recycling, system security, performance analysis, etc.).
• The drivers affecting the existing position of lithium-ion batteries as well as other emerging technologies.
• Today’s most attractive use cases and the new emerging business cases and applications to monitor (e.g., renewables integration and energy arbitrage during price volatility).
André Botelho has been working at EDP Group since 2002. In 2011, he began focusing on initiatives for EDP Inovação and now leads the Energy Storage & Flexibility division of EDP Inovação. André is also responsible for EDP’s partnership efforts with EIT InnoEnergy.
André holds an executive master in “Sustainable Energy Systems” from the MIT Portugal Program (MPP) and has a degree in Chemical Engineering from IST, Lisbon.
What are the greatest challenges ahead for battery storage companies and utilities? Flexible energy storage solutions are undoubtedly going to have a pivotal role in ensuring the world achieves a successful energy transition in time. Today, there are a great number of opportunities that can be realised however there is still uncertainty as to what the ideal value chain is.