Welcome to the Energy Storage Technologies web app!
The goal of this website is to provide information about various energy storage technologies and allow the user to compare them. The most common mechanical, electrochemical and thermal energy storage technologies are included. To get information about a technology, klick on the "Technology Information" tab in the header. If you want to compare technologies instead, klick the "Technology Comparison" tab. In both cases, you can filter the technologies, such that only technologies that match your requirements are shown. All values shown in this web app have been found in recent literature. While in the technology information tab, you can find the sources by klicking directly on the values. In the Technology Comparison tab you can klick on the datapoints in the charts to find the sources. If you want to use values for your project, it is highly recommended to read the "how to interpret the data" section below.
How to interpret the data
The values for each parameter is given with a certain range. This range exists because of two reasons: On the one hand, Every facility is different in size, application and other characteristics. This leads to a natural difference in each parameter from project to project. On the other hand, there have usually been found multiple sources for the same values. These sources might have given different values for the same parameters. This leads to a wider range in the values shown on this website. As a consequence, values for which more sources were found tend to have a larger range. It is important to realize, that this does not necessarily mean that these values have a higher variability in reality! This is especially crucial to keep in mind when looking at values with a very small range on this website. In most cases this means that only a small number of sources (sometimes only a single source) have been found rather than a very small variance of this parameter. In these cases it can definetely be possible to experience parameters in reality that are outside of the parameter range given in this web app.
Definition of terms
Levelized Cost of Electricity Storage (LCOES)
The Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) is a common measure to assess the economic viability of a power plant. The LCOE is a simple way to calculate at which price the electricity has to be sold for the power plant operator to break even. The Levelized Cost of Electricity Storage (LCOES) can be defined analog to the LCOE. That allows to add the cost of electricity storage to the cost of electricity generation, which is particularly important for plants producing intermittent power. It can also be used to calculate the economic viability of a storage unit, independent of a power plant. The LCOE of a power plant can directly be compared with the LCOES of a storage unit.
Some batteries use molten sodium as the negative electrode. This typically requires temperatures of above 245°C, which brings problem of safety, material requirements and thermal management. The advantages of sodium include a high reduction potential, low weight, non toxic nature and low costs.
Frequency containment reserve (primary control)
Refers to the power reserves available to contain the system frequency. This frequency reacts to fluctuating demand and power generation. The system frequency needs to be close to the nominal frequency to ensure safe and reliable operation of devices and machinery connected to the grid. Assets providing primary control adjust their power generation/consumption in order to minimize the deviation from the system frequency to the nominal frequency. This primary control is activated automatically and can therefore be activated very quickly.
frequency restoration reserve (secondary control)
Similar to the frequency containment reserve, the purpose of the frequency containment reserve is to minimize the difference between the system frequency and the nominal frequency as well. The secondary control becomes active if the imbalance of load and generation, and therefore the discrepancy of the system frequency to the nominal frequency lasts for more than 30 seconds. The activation time of the secondary control is typically between 30 seconds and 15 minutes. Secondary control can be activated automatically or manually.
Replacement reserve (tertiary control)
The replacement reserve is additional active power reserves, which are activated up to hours after the imbalance occurs. This allows the frequency restoration reserve to become inactive again and therefore ready to react to additional imbalances.
Black start means restoring part of an electric grid or a power station without relying on an external power transmission network. Typically, this is needed after a power outage.
Grid investment deferral
Energy storage technologies can be used to deliver power to nearby loads when they are at their peak demand, lowering the need of power transmission capacity across large distances. This can defer or avoid the need of investments on this grid.
Increase of self-consumption
Energy storage technologies can decrease the demand of electricity drawn from the grid by storing excess energy produced on-site and discharging that energy when the demand is higher than the on-site production.
Isolated areas are sometimes not connected to a large electricity grid. If electricity is needed in such an area, energy storage technologies are crucial to secure reliable power supply.
Energy storage technologies providing load levelling reduce the fluctuation a facility's demand by storing energy at times of low demand and discharging energy at periods of high demand.
Energy storage technologies can be used in cars, trains, ships, etc. to provide the energy needed to drive the engine or fuel cell of that vehicle. Additionally, energy storage technologies are often used to provide energy for other applications, such as starting the engine, cooling system, lighting, etc.
Some facilities or houses are not connected to any power network. In these cases, on-site power generation combined with energy storage technologies can allow to use technologies that would otherwise be dependant on a connection to a power grid.
Peak shaving means reducing the peak demand of a consumer by discharging electricity from the energy storage technology. This allows the consumer to buy less electricity during these periods, which is especially beneficial if prizes on the electricity market are high during the periods of peak demand.
portable electronic applications
Portable electronic applications is a term that incorporates applications such as laptops, mobile phones, power tools, etc.
Power reliability is the degree to which electricity is delivered within the accepted standards and in the amount desired. This incorporates frequency, duration and magnitudes of disturbances such as blackouts and grid failures.
renewable energy integration
Renewable energy technologies usually produce intermittent energy which can only be controlled on a limited scale. The power grid works in such a way that power production needs to be equal to the power consumption at all times. Most loads are uncontrollable and with increasing share of renewable energies, more power generation assets are uncontrollable as well. This can lead to an imbalance of power generation and consumption. Energy storage technologies can counteract this problem by storing energy when the production is higher than the demand and releasing energy, when the demand is higher than the production.
uninterrupted power supply
Energy storage technologies can provide power in emergency situations such as grid failures, to secure uninterrupted operation of devices and equipment.
The primary objective of voltage support is to maintain the voltages in the transmission system within a secure, stable range. Voltage support is provided by generating units or static equipment capable of producing or absorbing reactive power.