Renewable energy is a growing sector that is set to overtake fossil fuel energy in the future. Investors interested in this area should consider battery technology and storage, an area that is essential for the growth of renewables.
A growing market: why battery technology?
The value chain for battery technology ranges from mining companies, mining for metals like lithium, to manufacturers of battery storage and storage technology providers. All are potential beneficiaries of the anticipated growth in this industry.
Lithium ion batteries have transformed the battery industry and accounts for 85% of commissioned, utility scale battery storage worldwide. By 2022, utility scale battery energy storage capacity is expected to more than double, while the market for battery technology is anticipated to reach $90bn by 2025, growing more than 12%. This growth is due to growing demand and increasing affordability of renewable energy like wind and solar power, along with the transition towards electric cars. Renewable energy in particular is an intermittent source and thus, dependent on reliable storage systems to ensure ongoing power. The Telsa-built Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia is a large-scale example of battery storage in play.
How to invest in battery technology?
Investors can access battery technology exposure in a range of ways.
Focusing on value chain component companies such as mining companies or battery manufacturers.
Considering broader established companies with some exposure to battery technology.
Managed options, either active or via ETFs like ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX code: ACDC).