Understanding lay-public perceptions of energy storage technologies: results of a questionnaire conducted in the UK

Christopher R. Jones, James Gaede, Sara Ganowski, Ian H. Rowlands

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Abstract

Grid-scale electrical energy storage technologies (ESTs) are a means of tackling the challenges of introducing more intermittent power generators into national electricity networks. Public perceptions of emerging technologies are known to affect the likelihood of their commercial success; however, there is a paucity of research into the nature and antecedents of lay-public perceptions of grid-scale ESTs. We report on the findings of an online survey distributed to a diverse sample of the UK (N=1,044) designed to address this gap. The focus was on four grid-scale options (i.e. pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage, flywheels and lithium-ion batteries). Broadly, respondents were favourable to all technologies, although there was a preference for pumped hydro storage. Regression analysis revealed that intentions to support ESTs were positively predicted by attitudes, positive affect, perceived benefits, trust in developers, self-claimed awareness of ESTs and a belief that financial expenditure on the technology is warranted. Pro-ecological values were a negative predictor. Possible explanations for and implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-143
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume151
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
Event3rd Annual Conference in Energy Storage and Its Applications - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201812 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Energy storage
  • Public perceptions
  • Attitudes
  • Acceptance

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