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SBI Bulletin: Utility Scale Energy Storage Technologies

This SBI Bulletin reviews the major energy storage technologies that are either currently commercialized or in such advanced stages of development that they are likely to impact energy storage markets 2006-2015..

  • Pumped hydro storage,
  • CAES,
  • Electrochemical,
  • Flywheel,
  • Rechargeable batteries: lead acid, Lithium-Ion, Molten Salt, Vanadium Redox flow, zinc bromine
Additional emerging technologies and solutions are receiving attention for potential use in energy storage within the utility sector. While some level of development, demonstration or commercial activity is ongoing, vario challenges inhibit each of their widespread adoption before 2015.

These emerging areas include:

  • Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES)
  • thermal storage (TS)
  • vehicle to grid (V2G)
An overview of each energy storage technology presented is accompanied by identification and discussion of select developers and suppliers of the technology and detailed information regarding industry activity.


  • Utility Scale Energy Storage Technologies
    • Introduction and Scope
    • Pumped Hydro Storage
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Pumped Hydro Storage
      • Recent Activity
    • Compressed Air Energy Storage
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Compressed Air Energy Storage
      • Recent Activity
    • Electrochemical Capacitors
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Electrochemical Capacitors
      • Recent Activity
    • Flywheels
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Flywheels
      • Recent Activity
    • Batteries
      • Lead-Acid Batteries
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Lead-Acid Batteries
      • Recent Activity
      • Lithium-Ion Batteries
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Lithium-Ion Batteries
      • Recent Activity
      • Molten Salt Batteries
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Molten Salt Batteries
      • Recent Activity
      • Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
      • Recent Activity
      • Zinc-Bromine Batteries
      • Description of Technology
      • Developers and Suppliers
        • Table Technology Developers/Suppliers, Zinc Bromine Batteries
      • Recent Activity
    • Other Emerging Technologies and Solutions
      • Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage
      • Thermal Storage
      • Vehicle to Grid
    • Conclusion

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