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Navigant: 38 new advanced energy storage projects kicked off in the first half of 2013

According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, 38 new advanced energy storage projects were announced, deployed, or begun in the first 6 months of 2013. In total, there are now 633 energy storage projects operating or under development worldwide, the study concludes.

New technologies, including capacitor battery technology, lithium titanate oxide, nickel-iron, and solar thermal, are swelling the pipeline of advanced energy storage projects. At the same time, new variants on older technologies, such as power-to-gas (i.e., converting renewable power to hydrogen), are also coming online. These developments define an industry that is dynamic, if still not mature. As an example, power-to-gas is a rapidly-growing area, with 16 power-to-gas projects added to this 3Q 2013 update.

There are now 29 different energy storage technologies in use worldwide, some with just a small fraction of the overall market. In terms of regional capacity, Asia Pacific continues to be the world leader in deployed capacity, with almost 1.2 GW representing 47% of global capacity, followed by North America and Western Europe. In terms of installed projects, however, North America leads with 115 deployments.

—Anissa Dehamna, senior research analyst

The market for energy storage, including traditional pumped storage, is extremely fragmented, with at least 136 vendors offering various solutions. The leader, in terms of deployed capacity market share, is Alstom, with 22% of the market, followed by Voith (19%) and Allis Chalmers (8%). When traditional pumped storage is excluded, however, the market looks quite different: the top three vendors are NGK Insulators, Energy Storage and Power LLC, and Solar Millennium.

The report, “Energy Storage Tracker 3Q13”, provides a comprehensive resource of energy storage projects worldwide. It includes a database of 633 projects (encompassing 865 systems) currently in development and tracks the country, region, market segment, status, technology vendor, systems integrator, applications, funding, investment, and key milestones of each project.

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