Northern Ireland’s Queens University Belfast (QUB) has found that battery-based energy storage can provide inertial response for system reliability at one tenth the capacity needed from thermal generation, at a lower cost and with substantially reduced emissions. Dr Marek Kubic at Fluence, which is working with QUB, explains.
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.
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.
Business secretary Greg Clark has announced the universities that will lead research into the next generation of battery technology at the Faraday Battery Institute.
One of the largest rooftop solar installations in the UK is to add a Tesla battery in what is thought to be the first UK project to use a commercial array to charge an energy storage system to avoid grid charges and provide ancillary services.