Storage solutions: why battery developments are forcing utility change

By Emma Hughes
Published: Friday, 24 April 2015

Disruptive technologies, including battery storage, smart meters and other energy gadgets, are driving change to the traditional utility model around the world, which could in turn increase the demand for critical energy minerals such as lithium, graphite and rare earths.

Speaking at the Dentons Global Energy Summit in London this week, Doyle Beneby, CEO of US-based CPS Energy, said that "change is coming" in the global energy market, most significantly in relation to energy storage solutions.

Up until the end of the last century, the breakthrough developments in the field...