The report credited the investment tax credit for solar+storage projects for supercharging demand in the U.S. -- adding that budget reconciliation, and an ITC for standalone storage, would send demand even higher over the next 10 years.
Wood Mackenzie analysts predict that cumulative energy storage capacity will nearly reach 400 GWh by 2030. The report highlighted the Texas, New York, and PJM markets as exciting regions for growth.
Meanwhile, global lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity is expected to double in the next two years-- Asia Pacific accounted for 81% of the growth in global capacity in 2020.
Researchers and investors alike believe lithium-ion battery recycling is poised to make a big jump. Ford announced a partnership with Redwood Materials on its $11.4 billion electric vehicle mega campus investment to maximize lithium-ion battery recycling and second-life applications. Massachusetts-based Battery Resources recently raised $70 million to scale its closed-loop material production technology.
Emergen Research predicts the global battery market to reach $24.57 billion by 2027, up from $16.19 billion in 2019.
In February, Canada's Li-Cycle, a lithium-ion battery recycling company, announced it would be listed on the NYSE via a SPAC transaction, valued at $1.67 billion. Li-Cycle is able to recover more than 90% of the most valuable elements from lithium-ion batteries, such as cobalt, nickel, lithium, and copper.
Energy storage and battery recycling are part of the content being offered at both POWERGEN International and DISTRIBUTECH, co-located Jan. 26-28 in Dallas. Registration is now open for POWERGEN.