Energy Storage
BASF New Business GmbH
BASF New Business GmbH

Energy Storage

Worldwide generation of renewable electricity will quadruple by 2040. In the energy revolution 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
Olaf Rogge
Head of Sales and Marketing Energy

What are energy storage systems used for?

Energy supply companies

Wind and solar energy generation depends on the weather. If clouds pass in front of the sun or there is no wind to set wind turbine rotor blades in motion, very little energy can be fed into the supply network. Stationary energy storage units eliminate the risk of power cuts by storing energy during overproduction and supplying it when required: energy generation and energy consumption are thus separated.

Private households and companies

Companies regularly use stationary energy storage units. This makes them to some extent independent of energy suppliers and allows them to determine for themselves the amount of regenerative energy they need. Private households that generate their own energy via photovoltaic panels, for example, also use energy storage units today.

What energy storage technologies is BASF New Business focusing on?

Together with its partners, BASF is developing an energy storage technology based on sodium and sulfur. The core of the battery is a ceramic cylinder that can conduct sodium ions and therefore serves as a solid electrolyte. With its innovative cell design and flow battery action, this new storage technology enables costs to be kept low, while allowing an exceptionally high amount of electricity to be stored.

BASF New Business is investing in the startup company ESS and actively supporting it in the further development of a cost-effective and robust redox flow battery. 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. They can, for example, improve the performance of lead acid batteries.

Our subsidiary

EnerG2 produces porous carbon materials that are used for numerous energy storage applications.

Everyone is familiar with car start-stop batteries. Continuous switching on and off requires a high-powered battery. The addition of porous carbon materials can, for example, prolong battery life. Carbon can also be used as a performance material for supercapacitors.