Navigant ranks AES, RES as top energy storage providers

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AES Energy Storage and RES are the leading utility-scale energy storage systems integrators in terms of strategy and execution, according to Navigant Research.

AES Energy Storage and RES serve primarily as full project developers that also have in-house systems integration and software and controls expertise, which is a model Navigant Research believes offers great scalability,” Navigant's report reads.

As the energy storage industry continues to develop, the role of the systems integrator is becoming more and more important.

Energy storage systems will increasingly need to serve different applications—ranging from short-duration and high-power ancillary services to long-duration time shifting of energy—and systems integrators will be responsible for managing this complexity by designing systems that can provide maximum value to both the grid and the system owners.

“As the utility-scale energy storage industry continues to evolve, the leaders in this space will be companies with flexible offerings suited for a number of different grid services and customer types,” says Alex Eller, research analyst with Navigant Research. “AES Energy Storage and RES serve primarily as full project developers that also have in-house systems integration and software and controls expertise, which is a model Navigant Research believes offers great scalability.”

Currently, a variety of players from different backgrounds are entering utility-scale energy storage systems integration space, including those with experience in renewable project development, utility ownership, electrical grid equipment and services, battery manufacturing, civil and electrical engineering services, and innovative energy management systems.

According to the report, this emerging trend allows industry participants to leverage their diverse backgrounds to provide a range of solutions, allowing them flexibility in meeting the needs of various customers.

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