Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

An interdisciplinary review of energy storage for communities: challenges and perspectives

Parra, David; Swierczynski, Maciej; Stroe, Daniel I.; Norman, Stuart A.; Abdon, Andreas; Worlitschek, Jörg; O'Doherty, Travis; Rodrigues, Lucélia Taranto; Gillott, Mark C.; Zhang, Xiaojin; Bauer, Christian; Patel, Martin K.


David Parra

Maciej Swierczynski

Daniel I. Stroe

Stuart A. Norman

Andreas Abdon

Jörg Worlitschek

Travis O'Doherty

Lucélia Taranto Rodrigues

Mark C. Gillott

Xiaojin Zhang

Christian Bauer

Martin K. Patel


Given the increasing penetration of renewable energy technologies as distributed generation embedded in the consumption centres, there is growing interest in energy storage systems located very close to consumers. These systems allow to increase the amount of renewable energy generation consumed locally, they provide opportunities for demand-side management and help to decarbonise the electricity, heating and transport sectors.

In this paper, the authors present an interdisciplinary review of community energy storage (CES) with a focus on its potential role and challenges as a key element within the wider energy system. The discussion includes: the whole spectrum of applications and technologies with a strong emphasis on end user applications; techno-economic, environmental and social assessments of CES; and an outlook on CES from the customer, utility company and policy-maker perspectives. Currently, in general only traditional thermal storage with water tanks is economically viable. However, CES is expected to offer new opportunities for the energy transition since the community scale introduces several advantages for electrochemical technologies such as batteries. Technical and economic benefits over energy storage in single dwellings are driven by enhanced performance due to less spiky community demand profile and economies of scale respectively. In addition, CES brings new opportunities for citizen participation within communities and helps to increase awareness of energy consumption and environmental impacts.


Parra, D., Swierczynski, M., Stroe, D. I., Norman, S. A., Abdon, A., Worlitschek, J., …Patel, M. K. (in press). An interdisciplinary review of energy storage for communities: challenges and perspectives. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 79,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 2, 2017
Online Publication Date May 25, 2017
Deposit Date May 17, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 25, 2017
Journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Print ISSN 1364-0321
Electronic ISSN 1364-0321
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 79
Keywords Energy storage, Community, Renewable energy technologies, Interdisciplinary review
Public URL
Publisher URL


CES review paper_submitted version.pdf (1.6 Mb)

Copyright Statement
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address:

You might also like

Downloadable Citations