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Worldwide generation of electricity from renewable resources will quadruple by 2040. In the energy transition age, stationary energy storage units hold a key position amongst other options for flexible power generation: they help to offset fluctuations in energy production, thereby ensuring a constant supply of electricity.

Dr. Heike Pfistner
Head of Marketing and Sales Energy Storage

Application areas for energy storage systems

Energy supply
companies

Wind and solar energy generation depends on weather conditions. The resulting fluctuations can be levelled by using stationary storage systems. Moreover, stationary storage ensures that electricity generated from renewable resources is economically feasible and continiously fed into the grid.

Micro/Island
Grid

In those regions of the world, where the quality of the grid is not high enough, there is a risk of blackouts. In many cases diesel generators are used as backup system for power generation. Stationary batteries, especially in combination with renewable energies, represent a more economical and environment-friendly alternative.

Private households and companies

Private households and companies can use stationary batteries to make themselves - to some extent - independent of energy suppliers and to optimize their energy costs.

Energy storage technologies of BASF New Business

Continuous, reliable power supply – with BASF and stationary sodium-sulfur batteries

Everyday life without electricity is almost impossible both in private life and industry. Accordingly, a continuous and reliable supply of electrical energy is essential – and preferably climate-friendly, generated from renewable sources such as wind or sun.

But it is precisely these natural sources that have all too natural limits when it comes to continuous production: intermittent production, for example due to a lack of wind or reduced solar radiation, whether at night or due to excessive cloud cover, are circumstances that must be taken into account.

This is exactly where the NAS® batteries distributed by BASF and produced by our Japanese partner NGK Insulators, Ltd. come into play. These stationary long-term storage devices store large amounts of electricity - generated from renewable sources in wind and solar parks - for hours and release it flexibly and economically attractive at the desired time. In this way, they make a significant contribution to the integration of renewable energy into our power grids.

However, the application areas for NAS® batteries with their high energy capacity extend far beyond the integration of renewable energies. They enable a wide range of applications, from peak shaving to decentralized island networks – and all this with a battery made of easily available raw materials that also has an extremely long lifetime.

The NAS® batteries distributed by BASF are a proven technology that makes a valuable contribution to the energy transition and thus helps to achieve global environmental goals.

For more background information about NAS® batteries, please follow this link.

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Our subsidiary

A further field of activity is the production of porous carbon materials by EnerG2, a subsidiary of BASF New Business. These materials are suitable for numerous energy storage applications, for example, to improve the performance of lead acid batteries.