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

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Centrica announced on Monday (7 January) that work on the battery facility had been completed

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The business mogul and philanthropist said he would be more vocal in lobbying for US-based nuclear research this year. Image: the World Economic Forum

Bill Gates: Nuclear power 'ideal' for tackling climate challenges

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The 100kW battery will be used to power The Gyle at Edinburgh Park (pictured) for at least two hours each day

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Northumbrian Water has been powering its operations with 100% renewable electricity since May

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The battery storage system at the Emirates. Photo credit: Pivot Power

Arsenal FC to power Emirates Stadium through battery storage system

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