Keele University is to become a living laboratory for emerging low carbon and smart energy technologies in what is thought to be the largest scheme of its type in Europe and North America.
The vast majority of battery projects set to compete in the upcoming Capacity Market (CM) auctions will face significantly decreased de-rating factors after it emerged that most projects are still set to use either 30 minute or one hour duration batteries.
Energy storage provider Connected Energy has secured £3 million of investment from Macquarie Group and ENGIE to fuel its growth plans in the UK and abroad.
Wouter Kimman, data scientist at Open Energi, takes a look back at the breakthrough technology and renewable energy records that typified 2017 and explores why they underpin a greater need for flexibility within the UK's grid.
Fresh details have emerged surrounding Centrica’s rumoured 100MW battery after a planning application was submitted to Kilkenny County Council in Ireland through a joint venture formed in part by subsidiary Bord Gáis Energy.
VLC Energy has become the latest firm to finish its Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) battery projects following the completion of two projects totalling 50MW.
Liam Stoker takes a look back at what has been a year of frenetic change in the power sector and offers a cursory glimpse at what the future might hold.
With the release of the most recent Capacity Market pre-qualification register, the UK’S utility-scale battery storage pipeline has now reached nearly 8GW. Solar Media market research analyst Lauren Cook takes a deep dive into the projects that made it through pre-qualification, and what these results mean for the projects likely to get built in 2018.
As 2017 draws to a close, Clean Energy News looks back on what has been a considerably interesting year for the energy transition. In the first of a series of articles running this week, we recap the best stories of 2017, beginning today with January through March.
Battery storage and smart technologies are to be rolled out to homes in the Irish town of Dingle as part of a new trial to test their potential to support the use of variable renewable energy supply resources and smart connection to the Irish electricity grid.
Follow the launch of the follow-up to its popular demand response product Dynamic Demand, Clean Energy News caught up with Open Energi technical director Michael Bironneu and commercial director David Hill to discuss the platform’s development, demand response’s role in the energy transition and how it will change in the future.
Distribution network operators (DNOs) should be able to own and operate a minimal amount of battery storage capacity in certain cases, and be able to compete in the ancillary services market to fund the projects, according to Northern Powergrid’s head of regulation and strategy.
Ofgem’s head of networks has reiterated the regulator’s warning to operator companies that they should expect tougher price controls after pointing to “double digit returns” deemed too high within current market conditions.
Changes to the de-rating factors for battery storage projects competing in the Capacity Market (CM) will push the sector towards longer-duration batteries, while potentially sparking a shift towards energy arbitrage as a source of revenue for shorter duration applications.
Government policy and regulation offer the biggest barriers to the deployment of battery energy storage in the UK according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, which claims 12GW of batteries could be deployed by 2021 under the right circumstances.
Future battery energy storage projects in the UK have been hit with a major blow after the government published its intention to lower the de-rating factor in capacity market auctions by almost 80% for 30 minute duration batteries.
The UK’s first battery development facility has been confirmed by business secretary Greg Clark, who has announced that £80 million of funding will be ploughed into the Midlands project.
Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil’s Batwind project in Scotland, combining wind turbines with energy storage, will have a battery system installed by system integrator Younicos.
Swindon Borough Council’s sustainable energy company has submitted plans for a 50MW energy storage battery in the latest energy project to be planned by the local authority subsidiary.
The Green Investment Group has today launched a new service to help medium and large energy users adopt distributed energy systems.
Northern Powergrid is to plough £1.9 million into the creation of a smart energy grid across its network, allowing its eight million customers to trade power and services using their home solar, battery systems and electric vehicles.
Eelpower has commissioned a 10MWh battery storage project, backed with both frequency response and capacity market contracts, in the first of a new pipeline of projects being planned by the company over the next decade.
UK Power Networks has revealed that its customers have benefitted from around £70 million worth of savings since 2015 through the use of flexible, distributed generation.
Centrica has revealed plans to build a single 100MW battery energy storage system in Ireland for delivery by 2022 to take advantage of capacity market and grid services opportunities currently under development.
Open Energi has launched its new Dynamic Demand 2.0 platform, capable of helping businesses shift demand by connecting an increased array of on-site equipment.
National Grid has issued a warning to battery storage developers that it would expect them not to rely solely on grid balancing markets for revenue.
Siemens has continued to bolster its UK presence with a new partnership with Grid Battery Storage Limited (GBSL) which will see a 22MW portfolio of four projects built and an ‘energy storage as a service’ offering launched.
National Grid has confirmed an overhaul of the grid balancing markets it operates, pledging to “rationalise” products such as frequency response and operating reserve.
The UK’s large-scale battery storage installations have reached 100MW of capacity, made up of around 50 individual sites larger than 250kW. However, as Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook explains, data from the UK Battery Storage Project Database report shows that this is just the beginning, with revenue stream patterns emerging to show how projects are proving to be successful.
Flexible and distributed energy sources in the UK will reach 25GW by 2030 according to Aurora Energy Research, which has forecast potential annual revenues close to £3 billion as batteries, ‘peakers’ and demand-side response (DSR) come to the fore.