Storage system market on the rise: Domestic and commercial storage systems are key driving forces

Munich/Pforzheim, February 25, 2019: The worldwide market for energy storage systems is booming – in the private sector as well as the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Behind-the-meter systems (BTM, as opposed to front-of-meter systems) created to optimize self-consumption are the most important factor driving this boom, ensuring strong growth figures. An extensive selection of these systems will be presented at ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most-visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, which will take place at Messe München in Munich from May 15–17 as part of the innovation hub The smarter E Europe.



There are signs of growth in Europe: In comparison to 2016, the European market for energy storage systems grew by 49 percent to nearly 600 MWh in 2017. This is the central message of the biannual European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES) which is published by Delta-ee in cooperation with the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE). According to Delta-ee, the two most important forms of BTM energy storage – private and C&I systems – are expected to grow by a further 45 percent in 2018.

Strong growth figures can also be seen in the US market. Wood Mackenzie, a British energy research and consulting firm, predicted that the US energy storage market would reach more than 500 million USD in sales in 2018. But it is the growth prognoses that are particularly interesting – their study projects that the US market will double in size in 2019 and will reach around four times its 2018 volume by 2020. The number of private storage systems has most recently increased by 61 percent per quarter, making the domestic storage system market the leading sector for both installed storage performance and storage capacity. Germany is the largest national market for domestic storage systems both in Europe and around the world. Italy is enjoying the most dynamic growth, and is also one of the countries with the most visitors and exhibitors at ees Europe.

Storage systems – a central topic at the ees Europe Conference

The ees Europe Conference, taking place from May 14–15, 2019 at ICM – Internationales Congress Center München, will explore this topic in detail, including in the session “Energy Storage Market Overview: What are the Applications Driving the Market?” led by Sam Wilkinson, Senior Research Manager, IHS Markit, UK. “During this session, we will discuss the impressive dynamics of the energy storage market, identify new market opportunities and explain how improvements in costs and technologies, changes in policy and regulation and innovative business models contribute to the progress of the industry,” says Sam Wilkinson, who is also a member of the ees Europe Conference Committee.

In his presentation “Business Models in the C&I Storage Market – Beyond Early Adopters,” which is part of the “Rewriting the Rules: Innovative Business Models in the Energy Storage Sector” session, Valentin Noilhetas, Product Manager at Delta-ee, Scotland, introduces the innovative business models currently available on the storage system market. Valentin Noilhetas emphasizes: „The C&I energy storage market is on the upswing with a lot of excitement over the past few months. Currently the majority of installed capacity still comes from the two leading countries in the European energy storage space, which are Germany and the UK, but increasing interest and activity is coming from across Europe. The C&I market for storage is still at an early stage. The role of business models could help reach customers beyond the early adopters.“

Patrick Clerens, Secretary General of the European Association for Storage of Energy, shares his view on which markets offer the best prospects: “The German market will of course continue to be the most promising for behind-the-meter storage in Europe, but the Italian market is starting to see some rapid improvements in residential storage roll-out. With the implementation of the ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ Package, which has clear provisions to support the growing role of prosumers, we expect to see substantial improvements in the behind-the-meter storage market across Europe in a few years’ time.”

Leading suppliers present scalable storage systems

In conjunction with the ees Europe Conference, ees Europe offers the continent’s most detailed overview of current and future storage systems. ads-tec, Alpha ESS, BYD, Eaton, LG Chem, Samsung SDI, senec, Siemens, Socomec, Solarwatt, sonnen, Tesla, Tesvolt and Varta – these leading suppliers will be presenting their products at the exhibition, from scalable storage systems to multifunctional commercial storage units. ees Europe will be held alongside Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, Power2Drive Europe, the international exhibition for charging infrastructure and electromobility, and EM-Power, the exhibition for the intelligent use of energy in industry and buildings, from May 15–17, 2019 in Munich as part of the innovation platform for the new energy world, The smarter E Europe.

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