Electricity storage: Making large-scale adoption of wind and solar energies a reality

  • Cornelius Pieper
  • Holger Rubel
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)


The growth case for using renewable energy remains very much intact, despite the effects of a global economic downturn, and the prospects for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power appear particularly strong. To realize this potential, however, these technologies will have to overcome a key hurdle: the challenge posed by their intermittent nature. Unlike other forms of renewable energy, such as hydropower and geothermal energy, the energy generated by wind and solar PV fluctuates. This fluctuation poses a sizable challenge to their integration into the power grid and their widespread adoption as bona fide mainstream power sources.1 While there are several potential answers to the challenges of intermittency, the most viable, we believe, is a credible form of electricity storage.


Hydrogen Storage Storage Facility Balance Growth Concentrate Solar Power Compensation Capacity 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornelius Pieper
    • 1
  • Holger Rubel
    • 2
  1. 1.The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG)CologneGermany
  2. 2.The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)FrankfurtGermany

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