UK and China join forces for energy storage

The UK and China are to work together to develop a joint energy storage laboratory. The University of Birmingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Smart Grid Research […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK and China are to work together to develop a joint energy storage laboratory.

The University of Birmingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Smart Grid Research Institute (SGRI) of State Grid Corporation of China for the project.

They aim to further strengthen their research collaboration, working closely to build a laboratory in grid-scale novel energy storage technologies.

The Energy Institute at Birmingham University focuses on thermal and cryogenic energy storage research, covering novel storage materials, devices, system integration and optimisation and policy aspects.

Professor Yulong Ding, Director of Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage said: “Energy storage represents one of the most effective and efficient solutions to meeting the challenges of establishing our future low carbon energy systems. Such energy systems need to deal with reduced base load generation, high renewable penetrations and electrification of transport and heat.

“Energy storage is also a highly effective method for the reduction of energy use and the improvement of energy efficiency.”

Last week the UK’s largest battery energy storage array came online and plans to develop a new £1 million energy storage facility were unveiled.