IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

09 June 2015| Articles

IRENA hosted four workshops over the past year involving more than 200 electricity storage experts from 50 countries, resulting in a ground-breaking report released today on the sidelines of IRENA's ninth Council meeting.

The new report provides clear direction on how to energy advance storage systems as part of the infrastructure for a sustainable energy future. Renewables and Electricity Storage prioritizes 14 action items across five priority areas where governments and industry can work together to facilitate the development of policies on electricity storage for renewables.

“Now is the time to think about integrating large-scale battery storage into the global energy system. This roadmap is a starting point for all policy makers seeking to integrate greater storage capabilities, which is necessary to ensure the world is ready for the next phase of growth for renewable power systems.” - IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin

IRENA’s Ruud Kemperer talks about why IRENA hosted these workshops:

The five priority areas identified in the report include electricity storage to support renewables in islands and remote areas, consumer-located storage for self-consumption in countries with high shares of rooftop solar PV systems, generator and grid-located storage for countries with grid infrastructure constraints, and system analysis tools for countries preparing to transition their power sector towards renewables.

The report is part of IRENA’s REmap 2030 program, which finds that we must double the global share of renewables to 45% by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change and solve a host of other socio-economic issues.To do so, an estimated 150 GW of battery storage and 325 GW of pumped-storage hydroelec­tricity will be needed, making storage a vital element in the expansion of renewable energy.

An infographic from Renewables and Electricity Storage

Download the full storage roadmap 

Video interviews from the storage workshops

Energy storage workshop photos