Energy Storage Application - Energy - Energy Storage
Energy storage systems are an integral part of Germany’s Energy Transition (Energiewende). While the need for energy storage is growing across Europe, Germany remains the lead target market and the first choice for companies seeking to enter this developing industry. It stands out as a unique market, development platform and export hub. Germany Trade & Invest helps open up a vista of opportunities for companies looking to cooperate with German partners, become involved in demonstration projects, and expand through direct investment.
Around 1.7 million solar power plants with a total capacity of approximately 45 GWp (2017) have been installed in Germany over the past 25 years. Around 1,000,000 are solar power plants with a capacity of smaller than 10 kWp installed on residential rooftops. They build the foundation for the promising market development of small energy storage systems.
Every second newly installed residential PV-system is combined with an energy storage system to increase the amount of own-consumed PV electricity. Up until late 2018, around 120,000 households and commercial operations in Germany had already invested in a PV-battery system. According to our research, PV-battery systems could reach an annual installation volume of around 50,000 systems by 2020. Retrofit storage installations will also be a major driver for improving energy self-sufficiency in private households and commercial operations. Only 8 percent of rooftop PV systems in Germany are equipped with a battery today – by 2030 it could be well over 80 percent.