Solar sector urges government to remove barriers to storage

The solar industry is calling on the UK Government to remove regulatory and economic barriers to energy storage. The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a paper exploring the interaction between solar power and energy storage, highlighting the wide array of services storage could potentially provide to home owners, networks and utilities. However, the report suggests regulatory, economic […]

Batteries can unlock renewable energy

  A leading chemistry professor has told ELN that energy storage is the key to harnessing renewable power. Tom Zawodzinski, the Governor’s Chair in Electrical Energy Storage at the University of Tennessee, spoke yesterday on his research into developing advanced energy storage technologies. His talk focused on flow batteries, an emerging energy storage technology in which two […]

Tesla buys solar firm in $2.6bn deal

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla announced it has reached an agreement to buy a solar firm. The $2.6 billion (£1.9bn) deal with SolarCity, initially announced in June, will help Tesla expand its clean energy business. It will allow the company to create “fully integrated residential, commercial and grid-scale products that improve the way that energy […]

CCS market ‘worth $31.7bn by 2021’

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) market is forecast to reach $31.7 billion (£24bn) in the next five years. Climate change obligations along with carbon emission standards are to drive the US and European market to $3.6 billion (£2.7bn) and $1.2 billion (0.9bn) respectively, according to a new report. It states global CO2 emissions from […]

Government called to consider gas storage for UK energy security

The government should recognise the vital role gas storage plays in delivering energy security. That’s the view of the Energy and Utilities Alliance Gas Storage Operators Group (GSOG) in its latest report. The ‘Gas Storage: Securing the future of the UK energy market’ report highlights gas as the single and most important fuel in the […]

UK’s Avonmouth LNG storage site to stop operations

A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage facility near Briston is to permanently stop operational activity in the next two months. National Grid LNG Storage made the announcement to end operations at the Avonmouth facility from 30th April following a stakeholder consultation. The facility was built in the 1970s and 1980s with the original purpose of […]

UK university opens energy storage facility research

A new energy storage research facility has been opened at the University of Birmingham. The Cryogenic energy storage site, which is said to be the first of its kind in the UK, comprises of laboratories, equipment and a major demonstration plant. The system uses renewables and off peak electricity to liquefy air which is stored in […]

EU approves UK’s nuclear waste transfer plan

The European Commission has approved the UK Government’s pricing plan for nuclear waste transfer contracts. It establishes the price new nuclear plant operators will have to pay for the underground disposal of spent fuel, with the aim of ensuring taxpayers won’t have to pay the costs. The UK Government intends to build a geological facility […]

Compressed air energy storage ‘could save Canada $8bn’

Storing excess energy generated by green sources could save Ontario, Canada up to $8 billion (£5bn) over a 20-year period. That’s according to a new study which looks at the benefits of compressed air energy storage (CAES). The majority of the province’s energy needs are met by nuclear and hydropower but extra demand must be […]

£2m CCS project seeks co-venturers

Up to £2m is to be invested for a new power generation capacity with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is looking for a co-venturer for early stage development of a ‘Thermal Power-with-CCS’ scheme. The project aims to take early advantage of new CCS infrastructure being built and encourage the next phase […]