25 May '11, 5pm

Stealthy Small-Scale Storage Startups: What's the right business case for energy storage? Where will the value...

Stealthy Small-Scale Storage Startups: What's the right business case for energy storage? Where will the value...

What's the right business case for energy storage ? Where will the value of energy storage on the grid present itself? What is the value for the consumer in energy storage? Conventional wisdom tends to look at utility-scale energy storage as the market entry point for storage entrepreneurs. Ionex (lithium-ion batteries), Xtreme Power (advanced lead-acid batteries), and Primus Power (flow batteries) are just a few of the startups targeting that part of the market. But megawatt-hour-scale energy storage has a host of challenges ranging from technical limitations to lifetime issues to deep regulatory uncertainty . What if the opportunity in storage is at the other end of the spectrum, in the form of smaller-scale storage behind the meter in commercial applications? I've encountered two stealthy startups that would seem to be working on just that. Powergetics calls itself an "...

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