The Australian Energy Storage Council, a new industry representative body has been launched for energy storage in Australia, backed and co-founded by the Australian Solar Council.
The Australian Energy Storage Council was formally launched this morning. The Australian Solar Council will back the new organisation with resources initially, with solar council chairman John Grimes also acting as its head.
“It is important that energy utilities engage with the energy storage sector sooner rather than later,” said Grimes.
“Too often the energy sector ignores emerging technology trends and is blindsided when they are deployed widely. That’s why one of the first things the Energy Storage Council will do is to focus on developing standards and protocols for embedding energy storage into the energy network.”
The call for standardisation across the energy storage industry has been voiced by a wide cross section of parties, including academics and battery manufacturers.
The storage council will be a non-profit organisation, paid for by memberships, training activities and from hosting industry events. According to the council, it will seek to connect local members with global industry partners.
Tom Werner, chief executive officer of SunPower, told PV Tech recently that the economic case for storage could also bolster the case for increasing renewable energy capacity in the country. This was despite support for renewable energy at government level in Australia looking to be on shaky ground, with prime minister Tony Abbot seemingly sceptical of its benefits. SunPower has launched a pilot programme to install storage for residential customers in Australia, in addition to a similar scheme in California.
“Just as the policy environment is moving to an unfavourable position in Australia, the economics are getting favourable to the point where I think there’s still a value proposition in Australia that’s extremely interesting,” Werner said. “In fact [Australia] will be a pilot for the rest of the world.”
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