The Energy Storage Boom of 2015

Keith Kohl

Written By Keith Kohl

Posted March 4, 2016

Clean energy is quickly becoming the goal of every country in the world. Even the coal-centric ones are looking to renewables for support.

But renewables need some support too: energy storage.

No matter how many solar panels and wind turbines you install, there’s no getting around the fact that intermittent nature of the two energy sources.

The only way to combat that problem is with batteries that can effectively store the energy till later.

Lucky for us, 2015 was a stellar year for energy storage installations.

In the U.S., storage capacity grew to 580 megawatts in 2015. The year totaled 221 megawatts worth of installations, more than triple the amount added in 2014.

That’s quite a jump in battery power! And while home storage systems are growing in popularity, the majority of this capacity — 85% according to the GTM Research report — came from utility-scale installments.Energy Storage Solar

The aim of these larger battery projects, which have been seen all over the world, isn’t just energy storage either.

One large problem facing new solar and wind power installations is how they will be integrated into local and even national electricity grids.

But make no mistake, large-scale batteries are making that transition much smoother.

What’s more, energy storage connected to grids can make those grids safer from possible disruptions, including extreme weather and even terror attacks.

Yes, batteries are pretty cool.

And what’s better is that the vast majority of these new installations were lithium batteries, according to the executive director of the Energy Storage Association Matt Roberts.

Lithium batteries in particular are growing more popular as a pair with renewable energies, but they can also assist with fossil fuel energy.

You see, even steady coal and natural gas plants have problems with peak energy use, and occasionally have shut-downs for various reasons. A new pack of lithium batteries can keep the electricity running smoothly through these interruptions.

And the trend is still only beginning.

Senior energy storage analyst for GTM Ravi Manghiani boasts, “We can look back at 2015 as the year when energy storage really took off.”

Until next time,

Keith Kohl Signature

Keith Kohl

follow basicCheck us out on YouTube!

A true insider in the technology and energy markets, Keith’s research has helped everyday investors capitalize from the rapid adoption of new technology trends and energy transitions. Keith connects with hundreds of thousands of readers as the Managing Editor of Energy & Capital, as well as the investment director of Angel Publishing’s Energy Investor and Technology and Opportunity.

For nearly two decades, Keith has been providing in-depth coverage of the hottest investment trends before they go mainstream — from the shale oil and gas boom in the United States to the red-hot EV revolution currently underway. Keith and his readers have banked hundreds of winning trades on the 5G rollout and on key advancements in robotics and AI technology.

Keith’s keen trading acumen and investment research also extend all the way into the complex biotech sector, where he and his readers take advantage of the newest and most groundbreaking medical therapies being developed by nearly 1,000 biotech companies. His network includes hundreds of experts, from M.D.s and Ph.D.s to lab scientists grinding out the latest medical technology and treatments. You can join his vast investment community and target the most profitable biotech stocks in Keith’s Topline Trader advisory newsletter.

Angel Publishing Investor Club Discord - Chat Now

Keith Kohl Premium



Hydrogen Fuel Cells: The Downfall of Tesla?

Lithium has been the front-runner in the battery technology market for years, but that is all coming to an end. Elon Musk is against them, but Jeff Bezos is investing heavily in them. Hydrogen Fuel Cells will turn the battery market upside down and we've discovered a tiny company that is going to make it happen...

Sign up to receive your free report. After signing up, you'll begin receiving the Energy and Capital e-letter daily.