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Energy storage capacity set to soar, 300 UK-based companies involved in new sector

05 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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(RenewableUK and Solar Trade Association media release Monday 5th Nov 2018)

A new database to be launched by RenewableUK today shows a massive increase in battery storage capacity is set to take place - enough to power nearly half a million electric vehicles.

Planning applications in the UK to install just 2MW of battery storage capacity in 2012 have soared since then to a cumulative total of 6,874MW in 2018. (92% of applications for storage projects are approved first time).

The database will allow RenewableUK members to access comprehensive information on nearly 400 UK energy storage projects. It will show where operational projects are located on an interactive map, as well as schemes being planned and under construction, including those sited alongside solar, wind and tidal energy projects.

It also reveals that the average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has increased from 10MW in 2016 to 27MW today, and that more than 300 UK-based businesses are operating in this new sector.

3.3GW of storage capacity (including hydro projects) is now operational in the UK and a further 5.4.GW has planning consent -  including 4.8GW of battery storage, which is enough capacity to fully charge 480,000 electric vehicles.

The database will be launched at the first joint conference on energy storage to be held by RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association, in London today.

The conference will explore what our energy system would need from storage to achieve 100% of our power from renewable generation, and the new technologies that could get us there. Developers, investors, representatives from Government, National Grid, Ofgem, legal professionals and policy analysts will examine the new business models and energy services which are already up and running, and the shape of those to come, as well as the potential obstacles standing in the way of the rapid development of a low-carbon system.


RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said:


“The energy sector is breaking new ground by making an unprecedented transition to a clean, flexible system which will power our country in the future. Energy storage is already playing a key part in that, from small local projects to grid-scale schemes. We’re decentralising the way the power system works and, at our conference, we’ll hear how an increased share of wind, solar and storage on the grid could transform UK energy markets”.   


The Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association Chris Hewett said:


“Energy storage has already begun to unlock the full potential of wind and solar energy, and it’s happening faster than almost anyone anticipated. It’s clear that storage will be the foundation of a smart, flexible and decarbonised future energy system, and this conference is an excellent opportunity to hear straight from the experts and business leaders who are working to make that future a reality”.



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  1. More details the event, Energy Systems: Storage 2018, on Monday 5th November in London, are available here  and on Twitter: #Storage18

  2. The database will be available to RenewableUK members via our Project Intelligence Hub.

  3. RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 400 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.
    We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.

  4. The Solar Trade Association (STA) works to promote the benefits of solar energy and to make its adoption easy and profitable for domestic and commercial users. A not-for-profit association, the STA represents both solar heat and power and is funded entirely by its membership, which includes installers, manufacturers, distributors, large-scale developers, investors and law firms. The STA’s mission is empower the UK solar transformation, paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. The STA is celebrating 40 Years of UK Solar.

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