VIDEO: The future is arbitrage, a deep dive into the merchant model

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Merchant battery storage is an investment opportunity that has come of age in the UK, Ben Irons at grid-scale battery optimisation company Habitat Energy says, in this webinar taken from the Energy Storage Digital Series online conference hosted by our publisher Solar Media. 

The market is moving away from an emphasis on contracted revenue streams for supplying grid services and Ben, one of Habitat's founders, talks through what different elements are needed to make up a revenue stack that can make the business case for big front-of-meter batteries to add up. There's also some discussion of Habitat's technologies and methodologies, as well as the company's views on markets elsewhere including Australia and New Zealand, where the company is now establishing a presence. 

Points covered include:

  • What is the arbitrage business model? Trading in wholesale markets and the Balancing Mechanism, challenges and the role of algorithmic trading
  • Capex and opex outlook for battery storage
  • Market outlook and prices: day-ahead market & intra-day market
  • How to make the investment case work – optimal duration, degradation, warranty

Followed by a short Q&A with editor Andy Colthorpe.

The first Energy Storage Digital Series, an online-only conference and webinar series, produced and hosted by the events division of our publisher Solar Media, took place in May 2020.

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