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Energy storage guide

Energy storage - a technology guide for SMEs


Reducing energy use and using cleaner energy sources makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

Energy storage guide

Published December 2019

Battery energy storage systems are rechargeable battery systems that make it possible to store energy, either directly from the grid during cheaper tariff times or from renewable sources like solar arrays for use later when grid prices are higher. This guide provides an overview of battery electricity storage. It introduces the different types of systems available, the benefits, and the system costs, paybacks and parameters that must be considered by SMEs looking to implement this technology.

This 19-page guide on energy storage is designed to help SMEs explore energy storage opportunities for their business.

Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Benefits of battery energy storage
  • System selection and sizing
  • System costs, paybacks and parameters
  • Future developments 
  • Conclusions
  • Glossary
  • Go online for further information

Publication date Dec 2019; Publication code CTV080.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further Information

The Carbon Trust has the following specific sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

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