Standards pave the way for Australia’s energy storage revolution

The peak body for Australia’s energy networks has pushed for standards to ensure the safety and interoperability of residential and small commercial battery storage systems.

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has urged Standards Australia to develop a robust framework to help pave the way for the early, economic integration of battery technology into the grid.

ENA CEO John Bradley said energy storage standards is a priority due to the pace of technology adoption and the rate at which energy storage costs are falling.

“Australia is a global hot spot for battery storage – our market is a focus for international storage leaders,” Mr Bradley said.

“Storage costs are rapidly falling and energy management software is getting smarter, increasing the potential benefits to energy utilities and electricity customers,” he said.

“Energy networks welcome the initiative of Standards Australia and the Clean Energy Council to set out a clear plan for developing storage standards in a timely way.”

Australian energy networks are trialling the deployment of small-scale battery storage in diverse trials, assessing its ability to improve the efficiency, reliability and safety of the grid. With the right incentives, Mr Bradley said customers with energy storage systems could benefit by providing energy on demand to the network to get more value from their battery.

He said it would be important to establish storage standards addressing performance measurement and installation safety in Australia’s unique environment.