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energysource issue 18 03 Apr 2017

Battery Storage: A charged future

After years of being "the next big thing", battery storage has finally built up sufficient momentum through reduction in cost and improvements in technology to be commercially viable in grid-balancing, frequency response and demand-side management applications. The UK Government's call for evidence on smart grids of November 2016 and changes to the Contracts for Difference standard terms in February 2017 are indicative of a rapidly improving regulatory landscape with many opportunities for potential investors. This article covers the core information energy professionals need to understand utility-scale and demand-side battery storage, with a specific focus on the issues facing the UK market and recent and upcoming regulatory changes.

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