US Thermal Energy Storage Capacity Rises

According to a new report from Pike Research, a sharp increase in interest in energy storage will open new opportunities for thermal storage, and the market for TES will see steady growth over the next several years. Installed TES capacity in the United States, which stood at 2.7 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, will increase by 4.5 GW by 2020, nearly tripling to a total of 7.2 GW, the report concludes.

“With the exception of pumped hydroelectric storage, which dwarfs the installed capacity of all other commercially available energy storage technologies, TES is currently the most common form of storage available,” says research director Kerry-Ann Adamson. “Although other storage media, especially batteries, are expected to grow significantly faster than TES, TES revenue will continue to increase with global revenue from new TES installations forecast to surpass $3.5 billion by 2020.”

The TES market in Europe will likely see the strongest growth, according to the report. Given the European Union’s heavy emphasis on energy efficiency initiatives and the rise in volatile renewable electricity generation, TES should have strong potential in this market. Under a conservative estimate of 2020 market activity, Pike Research forecasts that there will be about 19 GW of cumulative TES installations in Europe by the end of the decade, equaling 2 GW of new capacity per year by 2020.

 

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