Barrier to large scale energy storage? Cost

The biggest barrier to large deployment of energy storage is cost. That’s according to Mick Barlow, Application Director at S&C Electric Europe who spoke at an energy storage conference last week. The seminar, run by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), looked at how energy storage is deployed in the UK’s energy system and its […]

Storage ‘fundamental to electricity system’

Electricity storage is a central part of the electricity system. That’s according to Anthony Price, Director at Swanbarton and the Electricity Storage Network who spoke at an energy storage conference run by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) this week. He told ELN: “It’s so fundamental, its development has really gone hand-in-hand in the development […]

Tesla battery storage to be launched in Ireland

Tesla Energy is launching its first battery power utility-scale project in Ireland in a joint venture with Gaelectric. They are developing battery projects which will enable them to use renewable energy. They aim to move away from fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy future by using the Tesla batteries. These can be used to enable homes, […]

Crown estate backs £160m Welsh storage project

The Crown Estate will lease 13 hectares of land for a £160 million grid-scale electricity storage facility in North Wales. Developer Snowdonia Pumped Hydro (SPH) will build the Glyn Rhonwy storage unit near Llanberis. It will have the potential to produce nearly 100MW of electricity using pumped hydro technology. Grid energy storage is used to store electricity […]

Ministers “unlawful” to dismiss underground gas store

A decision to refuse consent for a giant gas store in underground caverns in Lancashire was ruled “unlawful” by the High Court. Halite Energy had applied to store up to 600 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas at Preesall near Preston in Lancashire. Last April the Department of Energy and Climate Change dismissed the project, […]

Hydro energy storage project un-loch-ed in Scotland

A hydroelectric energy storage facility in Scotland got the all clear from Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing today. The ‘pumped storage system’ is being developed by SSE and will involve two bodies of water at different heights. During periods of low demand for electricity, power will be used to pump water from the lower body […]

AREVA signs series of deals with Chinese nuclear partners

The French energy company AREVA has signed a series of deals with its Chinese nuclear partners during a visit to China by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Working with Siemens, the company will supply instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for two 1,000 MW pressurized-water reactors – Fuqing 5 and 6. The reactors will be […]

Germans heat homes using hydrogen for first time

They may not know it but some Germans have been heating their homes using hydrogen, after it was injected into the country’s gas grid for the first time. It was produced at a power-to-gas plant commissioned by the Thuga Group – a collection of 100 local German utility companies – using a process called electrolysis. […]

Centrica shelves £1.5 billion gas storage project

Centrica has announced it is shelving new-build gas storage projects at Baird in the North Sea and Caythorpe in East Yorkshire. The company will have to write off £240 million it has already sunk into the projects. The British Gas owner blamed a recent government decision not to subsidise additional storage for its choice to […]

DECC denies Britain is running out of gas

The Government has rubbished reports that Britain could face a potential gas supply crisis and is on the brink of running out of the energy source. A news report today claimed the UK has only two days’ worth of gas left in storage but the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it is […]