Energy storage

DEFINITION: The capture of energy produced at one time to be used at a later date. Energy storage can help deal with fluctuations in demand and generation by allowing excess electricity to be saved for periods of higher electricity demand. A variety of technologies exist to store electricity, including batteries and hydrogen.

See also: Decentralised energy

See also: Distributed generation

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A new study has warned of focusing on "politically seductive" large-scale solutions such as nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CCS), noting that more granular solutions like energy storage, solar and heat pumps can be mass deployed at an affordable cost to enable a quicker net-zero transition.

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REA and UK EVSE merge to deliver unified voice on electric vehicle infrastructure

The REA has announced that members of the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UK EVSE) will join its 75-strong group of companies involved in the delivery and operations of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and services in the UK.

The USER projects aims to use hot water cylinders to balance grid demand

SMEs and households to benefit from energy efficiency clean technology trials

The UK Government has backed a new digital energy efficiency platform for SMEs to receive automated advice to save energy, in the same week that a smart homes project that uses AI technology on hot water systems to generate storage capacity and manage grid demand commenced.

The slowdown in large-scale clean energy projects started before coronavirus crisis due to lack of state support, the analysis concludes

Energy storage boom stalls in Europe

Europe's energy storage boom stalled last year due to a slowdown in large-scale schemes designed to store clean electricity from major renewable energy projects, according to the European Association for Storage of Energy (Ease).

Dunkirk’s port district will be home to the 25MW project

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An artist's impression of the facility, showing its rooftop solar array and battery storage modules. Image: Gridserve

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The model enabled at least 25% more renewable energy to be utilised at peak times. Image: Greenhouse PR

Virtual power plant trial in Yorkshire hailed a success

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Pivot Power is aiming to develop 2GW of grid-scale energy storage arrays in the UK by 2030. Pictured: An artist's impression of Pivot Power's planned Southampton site

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The 100MW battery is earmarked for completion in 2021. Image: Shell

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Gresham House's recently acquired 49MW Red Scar battery is to be optimised against the wholesale markets. Image: Gresham House

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Companies and organisations looking to understand issues around hazardous waste now have access to a new edie business guide which breaks down everything you need to know about the subject.

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The array covers 353 acres. Image: NextEnergy Solar Fund

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BNEF's analysis covers battery packs from the vehicle size (pictured) to utility-scale arrays. Image: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

BNEF: Battery prices have plummeted 87% since 2010

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edie brings you three exclusive interviews across public, private and specialist firms

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Green university leagues and energy storage

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The reforms have faced strong opposition from distributed generators and trade bodies

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Around 40% of UK properties do not have off-street parking, meaning they'll need on-street infrastructure to support home charging of an EV. Image: Virgin Media

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Image: Moixa/Greenhouse

Irish homes to form 'virtual power plant' with solar and battery storage

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Pictured: Glasgow City Council's chambers. The local authority recently committed to net-zero by 2030 as part of its bid to host COP26. 

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Northern Powergrid currently deploys more than 2,500 diesel generators for powercuts 

Northern Powergrid trials EV energy storage technology

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Senior energy professionals from a range of sectors convened for the roundtable discussion

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Total will be able to reduce the overall cost of the integration process. Image: Total

Total signs cleantech deal to produce hydrogen at refineries

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Power and transport collectively generate 40% of all man-made carbon emissions globally, on an annual basis. Image: World Economic Forum

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Pictured: The Faraday Institution's HQ in Harwell, Oxfordshire

UK-based battery innovations bag £55m in Government funding

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The outage was caused by a proportion of Hornsea offshore wind farm (pictured) coming offline within minutes of the Little Barford gas plant 

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The solution has been designed for compatibility with new and existing solar arrays. Image: Tesla

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Carmaker Tesla has this week launched a new large-scale energy storage offering aimed at helping utilities to reduce costs and drive decarbonisation.

BNEF predicts that 10 nations will represent three-quarters of the market by 2040

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Scottish Power's portfolio has consisted entirely of wind generation since October 2018 

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Between 2013 and 2017, solar capacity hosted by businesses and homes grew by 330% to reach 2.1GW

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More than a third of businesses view energy security as a “substantial risk” to long-term business plans

Onsite generation: UK businesses primed to become 'power plants of the future'

More than 80% of UK businesses generating renewable energy onsite plan to increase capacity over the next five years, according to a new survey.

The first phase of the project will map generation and storage assets with an installed capacity of more than 1MW

Network operators collaborate on blockchain data register for generation and storage

Energy firms and network operators have teamed together to create a shared register powered by blockchain for energy generation and storage data, in a bid to improve the decarbonisation and operating costs of the UK energy system.

An artist's impression of what Scottish Power's 'super battery' at its Whitelee wind farm will look like once complete. Image: Scottish Power 

Scotland and Wales place hopes in battery power

Scotland and Wales plan to embrace battery power in order to solve their respective clean energy and employment challenges. Scotland will link a 50MW "super battery" to a wind farm, while Wales wants to invest in battery production.

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The UK's EV market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018

Public EV charge points outnumber petrol stations in the UK

The number of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK has surpassed the number of petrol stations for the first time.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

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The collective capacity of the UK's independent renewable arrays surpassed 14GW for the first time last year. Pictured: The Hornsea 2 wind farm

In numbers: Charting the rapid growth of renewable energy in the UK

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The solutions should enable the UK to further decarbonise the power sector, while making progress in heat and transport

UKRI allocates £30m for smart energy systems innovation

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