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Can battery storage recharge Australian utilities?

amy gahran | greentech media | 18 july 2016 

PA's Tim Robinson, energy and technology expert, is quoted in an article in Greentech Media. The article discusses the distributed energy storage market in Australia.

Commenting on this further, Tim notes: Solar-plus-storage in Australia is still a nascent market. Everyone is playing at different levels; there’s lots of experimentation happening. It’s quite interesting and exciting.”

Tim also provides his perspective on the various options to access storage systems that are being offered by Australian utilities, stating: “There are different purchase options: pay upfront and we’ll leave you alone; pay upfront and get ongoing monitoring and support, or an ongoing lease with no upfront costs. This allows them to attract the widest range of customers.”

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Tim continues: “I don’t that think Australian energy providers have quite figured out how to monetize the benefit to the power system. What are the best ways that storage can serve as an alternative to stringing more power lines? How can utilities reap localized benefits from using storage they don’t own to manage peak times in particular locations? That’s not easy at the moment.”

Tim concludes: There’s a lot of convergence of technologies that once had been separate. Companies are now bundling products and services across various utility sectors, not just energy.”

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