Energy access through electricity storage: Insights from technology providers and market enablers

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Title: Energy access through electricity storage: Insights from technology providers and market enablers
Authors: Few, S
Schmidt, O
Gambhir, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In recent years, deployment of standalone electricity systems to provide energy access in a rural context has increased rapidly. These systems typically incorporating variable renewables alongside electrical energy storage for consistent supply, and operate at a range of scales to provide a range of services. However, there has been relatively little analysis of storage technology choices made by providers of these systems, how this varies by application, how these are influenced by priorities of providers, and how these choices could be improved. Here, we present findings from a series of interviews with providers of off grid energy solutions on choice and availability of technologies, supply chains, realised costs, technology performance, environmental impact, and anticipated impact of future technology development. Based upon these, we make recommendations for regulators and individual companies on how technology choices and life cycle management could be improved.
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2019
Date of Acceptance: 27-Sep-2018
ISSN: 0973-0826
Start Page: 1
End Page: 10
Journal / Book Title: Energy For Sustainable Development
Volume: 48
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of International Energy Initiative. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Sponsor/Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Shell Foundation
Funder's Grant Number: ES/M500562/1
J15119 - PO:500174140
Keywords: 09 Engineering
16 Studies In Human Society
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2019-11-09
Online Publication Date: 2018-11-09
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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