With the energy storage industry seeing such strong growth in recent years, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of exactly what countries and companies are doing what, and to how much of a degree. That's where a new top 10 list from the BBC that ranks the leading countries in the world — with regard to energy storage capacity — comes in.
The information used to create the rather useful list from the BBC was provided by the US Department of Energy’s Global Energy Storage Database — which provides data on a collection of 599 different energy storage projects around the world, altogether comprising 3.55 gigawatts (GW) in storage capacity.
The database provides clear information in various forms — graphs, maps, etc — and is versatile across a number of different possible uses.
For example, here's a map identifying the top 10 energy storage countries in the world currently:
And here are some overviews of other key statistics, coming to us via CleanTechnica:
Energy Storage Capacity
The US, China, and Japan are leading the pack, unsurprisingly.
US: 29,000 kW in 528 facilities.
China: 34,000 kW in 98 facilities.
Japan: 29,000 kW in 84 facilities.
The remaining 7 countries in the top 10 each have fewer than 10,000 kW of storage capacity.
The US leads the world here — possessing around 400 different energy storage projects. The US has more overall facility numbers as well, with 528 facilities, 77 of which are greater than 10,000 kW in capacity.
Energy Storage Types
As far as the types of energy storage that we're talking about here:
This bar chart shows the various types of storage used globally over time: