The Clean Energy Council have suggested sweeping reforms in response to issues within the battery storage sector to help consumers as well as the growing industry as a whole.
There are 13 recommendations detailed in the Clean Energy Councils report, with the suggested changes ranging from rewarding those who adopt storage to what the government should be doing to help.
The report released this week speaks of the rapid change from fossil fuels such as coal to renewable energy and the importance battery storage has in that revolution.
It notes with optimism that battery storage of renewable energy is becoming part of everyday life.
Why battery storage?
The report details exactly why battery storage is a more efficient option going forward for businesses and consumers and why such technology compliments a clean energy future.
Some of these points including,
- Meeting peak and fluctuating energy demand, ultimately reducing the need for additional network investment and augmentation;
- Empowering residents and businesses by helping them to better manage the production and use of electricity;
- Replacing diesel in remote locations and support mini-grids and embedded electricity networks;
The price is right for battery storage adoption
Another pertinent reason as to why changing to battery storage is a good option is the rise in electricity prices recently. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton saying,
“Rising electricity costs, changing tariff structures and rapidly reducing technology costs have combined to create the ideal conditions for greater adoption of ‘behind the meter’ storage and solar technologies.”
“Energy storage costs – especially battery storage – are falling. There is huge potential for these technologies to change the way customers and retailers interact with the grid.” Thornton said.
Regulating the safety of these battery systems is also of paramount importance in this report with the Clean Energy Council suggesting a universal set of measures to ensure the safety and reliability of these systems. This also includes safely disposing of the batteries once their life cycle has expired.
It is a specialized process disposing of lithium-ion batteries or dealing with lithium batteries that are not performing as they should.
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