Storage in the UK now a ‘reality’, says REA

There are currently 3.23GW of energy storage projects operational in the UK. That includes 35 installed stand-alone projects and around 1,500 residential storage developments in the country, a new report […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

There are currently 3.23GW of energy storage projects operational in the UK.

That includes 35 installed stand-alone projects and around 1,500 residential storage developments in the country, a new report form the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed.

Its report looked at the extent of existing energy storage deployment and planned projects. They found that around 453MW of storage capacity is under construction or being commissioned, in addition to the 200MW of Enhanced Frequency Response storage contracted by the National Grid.

The REA believes this data demonstrates that energy storage is ready to be deployed and will have a significant role in the UK’s future energy system, allowing for an increased role for renewables, more flexibility and greater decentralisation.

James Court, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the REA said: “Storage is already a reality for the UK and right now there’s an opportunity to cement us as a global centre for investment, deployment and research. Many technologies have advanced quickly and are now commercial, as such the storage industry is not seeking a direct subsidy.

“Storage is a critical technology for the decentralisation of the UK’s energy system and will support long-term renewables deployment.”