Energy Storage Systems Maximizing the Lifetime of Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

In an article for T&D World, Guidehouse Insights says reliable energy storage systems are vital for improved grid asset utilization

While upgrading and deferring existing wires and substations may be the most common application of battery storage used for transmission and distribution (T&D), batteries also provide a range of solutions designed to maximize the lifetime of T&D infrastructure.

In an article for T&D World, Ian McClenny, research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, says these types of energy storage systems are designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of existing T&D assets to provide electricity in a given service territory. Ensuring that these systems are reliable, he said, is critical to the effective operation of electricity throughout that territory.

“Mission critical installations require systems that deliver continuous electrical service with high power quality to the grid,” McClenny said.

Technologies such as lithium ion batteries, flow batteries, and hybrid battery-fossil fuel technology have the optimal characteristics to serve these types of critical loads in high fidelity settings, he added.

According to Guidehouse Insights, this market segment is growing, with a cumulative 35.5 GW of new energy storage expected be built for critical infrastructure through 2027, and with approximately 25% expected to directly address T&D issues.

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