Northern Powergrid goes Dutch in 100 MW auction
Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Northern Powergrid has announced plans for a flexibility auction - covering generation, storage and demand-side response - using an e-auction platform and a "dynamic purchasing" methodology.
UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites
UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched what is believed to be the UK's largest ever tender for flexibility services and storage, highlighting 115 sites where renewables could boost network capacity and reduce costs for customers.
New energy storage research network setup
The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) will lead a new energy storage research network.
Smith Brothers starts work on energy storage site
Work has started on the first of Arlington Energy's energy storage and gas peaking projects - a short term operating reserve (STOR) site - that will provide back-up power generation to National Grid.
Ground-breaking energy storage operational in Newcastle
The world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system is now up and running at Newcastle University, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced.
Technology & Operations
Why energy storage is going to revolutionise the electricity system
Find out why UK Power Networks think that energy storage is going to revolutionise the electricity system. See video below:
Plans to install £25m battery approved
Pivot Power has announced plans to build a £25 million grid-scale battery in Norwich following a successful planning application.
The launch last year of the Government-backed Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan was a milestone on the road to a smarter energy system in the UK. The plan outlined the way in which continued decarbonisation of the economy and greater adoption of renewable energy could be supported by energy storage and demand side response (DSR) services. Ben Hargreaves reports.
Biogas generation firm expands into flexibility
Ylem Energy Ltd (formerly ENER-G Natural Power) has announced that it is expanding its business into providing flexible generation, large-scale energy storage and demand-side response systems.
Report identifies heat network cost savings
The capital costs of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40%, according to a report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
Technology & Operations
Deploying energy storage solutions
The UK will hopefully see the addition of around 500 megawatts of operational battery storage within the next 12 months. If the regulatory regime in the UK is upgraded to allow for the growth in deployment of storage technologies, it is anticipated that up to 12GW of battery storage will be deployed by the end of 2021.
EDF and Nissan announce low-carbon vehicle partnership
EDF Energy has joined forces with Nissan to support the adoption of electric vehicles and energy generation and storage solutions.
120MW battery storage portfolio transaction completed
UK Power Reserve has awarded the second phase of its battery-based energy storage portfolio contracts to Fluence, a Siemens and AES company.
Statera Energy completes debt refinancing deal
Statera Energy, a developer of electricity generation and storage capacity, has completed a debt facility re-financing with NatWest.
Use of ammonia for green energy storage to be trialled
"Green ammonia" will be trialled as a form of energy storage at a demonstrator site in Oxfordshire next week.
JV offering businesses battery storage deal
A joint venture between Thrive Renewables and Aura Power will see UK businesses offered the chance to use battery energy storage systems to cut electricity bills at no cost to themselves.
Highview Power launches first grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant
Highview Power has successfully designed and built the world's first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant in the UK.
Veolia using advanced battery technology for grid balancing
Veolia is using advanced energy storage to improve the energy and environmental performance of its dedicated High Temperature Incinerator (HTI).
Anesco unveils plans to quadruple battery storage
Anesco's energy storage portfolio will exceed 380MW by 2020 with the company revealing plans to quadruple the size of its operational battery portfolio over the next three years.
An integrated energy system
Dr Sara Walker, associate director of CESI and senior lecturer at Newcastle University and Brett Cherry, energy writer for CESI, Newcastle University, discuss the work of the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI).
Ørsted to operate battery storage site in Liverpool
Ørsted will build and operate a 20 megawatt (MW) battery storage project near Liverpool in the UK.
NPG calls for collaboration on energy storage
Northern Powergrid has called on electricity distribution network operators (DNOs), regulators and industry partners to work together to define the future of network-scale energy storage.
A level playing field
Mark Meyrick, head of smart grids at renewable energy supplier Ecotricity, discusses the challenge of DNOs and DSOs maintaining impartiality in the evolving environment of flexibility and ancillary services.
Disused mine shafts could become energy stores
Old mine shafts could be turned into green energy stores, under plans unveiled by start-up company Gravitricity.
Scott McGregor, CEO of redT energy storage, discusses different forms of energy storage and how each type has its own benefits and disadvantages.
Skeleton Technologies and Sumitomo Corporation sign distribution agreement
Skeleton Technologies, a leading manufacturer of ultracapacitors, has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry.
UK’s largest flow battery system connected to grid
The UK's largest flow battery system has been connected up to the power grid.
Energy storage: Delivering power locally
Field Dynamics on operating models and the role of new technology.
Adapting to the new reality
This summer's decision by Ofgem and the government to block DNOs from owning and operating storage was seen by some as a blow. Network looks at how they are finding ways to adapt and use existing assets to identify future business opportunities.
Policy & Regulation
Storage to be classed as generation under Ofgem proposals
Ofgem has confirmed plans to clarify the licensing regime for electricity storage by classifying it solely as a form of generation.
Northern Powergrid deploys battery storage for frequency response
Northern Powergrid has begun using battery storage to provide frequency response for National Grid - the first time it has ever sold balancing services to the system operator.