Flexible energy: edie launches new business guides for onsite generation and energy storage
As the UK's energy system undergoes a fascinating transition towards decarbonisation and decentralisation, edie has published two new guides that help businesses seize the opportunities of onsite generation and battery storage technologies to achieve a sustainable future.
The onsite generation business guide explores the different energy technology options that are now available – from solar and wind to combined heat and power (CHP) and anaerobic digestion (AD) – and helps energy managers make decisions about which system is most approporate for them.
The energy storage guide, meanwhile, is ideal for any individual or organisation looking to capitalise on the business benefits offered up by battery storage systems. Specifically, the guide explores how energy storage provides grid stability during electricity outages and reduces the need to import electricity via interconnectors, whilst also reducing wastage and saving money.
The two guides have been developed in association with Centrica Business Solutions. Providing an exclusive industry viewpoint for the onsite generation guide, Centrica Business Solutions’ director Ian Hopkins stated: “The serious climate change threat means that all organisations must improve their energy sustainability and play an active part in creating a lower carbon future for the UK.
“By generating 100% renewable solar and wind power, or lower carbon heat and power from CHP, businesses can contribute to the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets, meet their social responsibilities, and enhance their brand reputations.”
And in the Energy Storage guide, Hopkins wrote: “The urgent need to improve energy resilience, due to the growing threat of energy-related failure, helps explain the growth of the battery storage market.
“As a zero-emissions technology, battery storage provides the most sustainable form of back-up power. When combined with solar to create a hybrid renewable system, it improves the utilisation of available solar energy.
The release of the two guides comes soon after new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance concluded that global investment into energy storage technologies is set to reach $1.2trn by 2040, whilst seperate research from RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association revealed that planning permission applications to install energy storage facilities in the UK have quadrupled since 2016.
Meanwhile, at the start of the month, former National Grid boss Steve Holliday championed the role that businesses can play in igniting a “chaotic energy revolution”, by accelerating demand for onsite renewable energy systems and battery storage installations.
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