Navigant: Pairing wind and energy storage critical for renewable energy future

Tuesday February 25, 2020 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Navigant Research, wind and solar, Alex Eller

BOULDER -- Despite a limited number of combined wind-plus-storage projects, the pairing of these technologies is critical to achieving a greater reliance on renewable energy generation, according to a new report from Navigant Research.NavigantNEWlogoUSE 

The report examines the use of energy storage for wind integration, covering existing and upcoming projects, the competitive landscape, and expected market growth.

The rise of combined solar-plus-storage projects is reshaping the energy storage industry, yet employing energy storage for wind integration has fallen far behind, the report notes.

“The links between wind-and-energy storage projects remain far less established than storage-for-solar PV as a result of both technical and economic factors,” said Alex Eller, Navigant senior research analyst.

“Although combined wind-plus-storage projects offer similar benefits and potential, little development has taken place thus far for these combined projects.”

In order to launch more successful projects, the report recommends wind-and-energy storage operators invest in robust software to effectively pair the technologies with accurate wind output forecasts and market pricing.

Stakeholders will also need to explore new revenue streams to address reductions or outright eliminations of subsidies for wind plants as well as maximize the use of existing transmission networks.

Additionally, wind farm developers should partner early with leading storage providers to identify cost-effective sites for potential projects and viable revenue streams.

The reportOptimizing Wind Power Plants with Energy Storage, aims to provide an in-depth look at the drivers and challenges for this growing market. Specific attention is paid to the applications of energy storage for wind integration, existing and upcoming projects, the competitive landscape, and how this market is expected to grow over the next decade.

Discussion of projects includes the companies involved and revenue streams being captured.

An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant website.