The role of industrial energy storage solutions in a distributed energy system: empirical findings and implications on cooperative ties

Author(s):Dominik Halstrup, Marlene Schriever
University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, Caprivistrasse 30A, 49076 Osnabrueck, Germany
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 7, no. 1, January 2018: pp. 53-63
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.7.1.53-63

Abstract: Current Renewable Energy sources are mainly fluctuating by nature, which is why one of the main interests in an energy system with high Renewable Energy contribution is the flexibilization of supply and demand. One measure of flexibilization can be Energy Storage Solutions. Whereas the residential use of Energy Storage Solutions has been a subject of interest to researchers, the organizational perspective has been neglected in certain areas. Even though, especially the industry, as one of the main energy consumer, is of critical importance along the way of transforming the energy system to Renewable Energies. Especially the distributed character of the Energy Transition in Germany demands for further flexibility being introduced to the grid. This study therefore examines the acceptance of electric Energy Storage Solutions among the German manufacturing industry. Based on quantitative data from a sample of 101 German manufacturing companies, the article analyzes the general awareness about Energy Storage Solutions, possible acceptance factors and perspectives on new possible areas of cooperation. The results show that organizations in the sample display general knowledge about Energy Storage solutions but do not have in-depth knowledge about modes of deployment. The organizations in question agree on the fact that future cooperation is necessary in order to guarantee supply security and quality of electric energy.

Keywords:Distributed energy system; Energy Storage Solutions; Manufacturing industry; German Energy Transition; Adoption, Diffusion
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