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All you need to know about energy storage

By Laura Davies | Posted March 07, 2018

What are energy storage batteries?

Energy storage batteries are rechargeable lithium batteries that are used for storing energy created by solar panels. Through EDF you have the opportunity to purchase a battery storage solution for your home. Sunsynk makes rechargeable batteries for homes and electric cars. The batteries are compatible with all grid-connected solar panels to store the energy the panel's capture. 

Using Sunsynk batteries as an example, here's how long home storage batteries last and what they cost:

  • Sunsynk battery life - A battery that is charged and discharged once a day is expected to remain serviceable for more than 10 years.

  • Sunsynk battery cost - Prices start at £4,995 for the 5.12kW battery. For more costs and estimates, read our solar battery storage information page.

How could battery storage affect our electricity supply?

Storage batteries store and distribute renewable energy. They have the ability to change the way we power the future because they can provide large-scale renewable power to homes and businesses. Ultimately, batteries can add to any grid system in the world. Battery storage systems are increasing in numbers and companies are offering them on a larger and larger scale. An increase in these battery storage systems means a reduction in the need for traditional power sources and reliance on the grid.

We are consuming less and less non-renewable energy in the UK, moving towards more renewable sources – which is great news. GOV.UK published this helpful article on how national energy consumption is changing.

What's the future of energy storage?

More and more people want to live sustainably and protect the environment for future generations. Moving away from using non-renewable sources of energy comes with this change. According to McKinsey research, battery storage is becoming a cheaper option, which makes it not only a sustainable energy source but an accessible option for home energy storage too.

The EDF Group are investing in battery storage - $10 billion by 2035 - to help support a more sustainable energy future. It's important to this as an energy company so we can make sure our electricity systems can support new technology and renewable sources of energy. Read more about our plans in this article from Green Tech Media. The future of energy storage could play an important role in the smart cities of the future, you can find out more about our involvement in the research and development of smart cities here.

Electric vehicles are also rising in popularity for the same reason - people don't want to contribute to environmental problems and are looking for other options. Electric vehicles are strongly linked to battery storage because instead of using fuel for your electric car, you charge it with a battery at home or out and about. If you have a storage system in your home, it means you can get the best charging option for your car. 

Learn more about electric vehicles with our electric car buying guide. With a battery storage system in your home, it's possible to charge your car and your entire home. It's the future!

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