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A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:09 -- Xuan Zhong
A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

UK home energy storage system firm Moixa has announced a project on the Isles of Scilly that aims to drive adoption of electric vehicle use and renewable energy generation by 2025.

The firm’s lithium iron phosphate battery allows buildings with solar panels to use more of the power they generate during the Smart Energy Island (SEI) project.

 

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Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Gas utility Centrica is looking to embrace lithium-ion technology by building a ‘flexible power plant’ at the site of a mothballed facility in the UK.

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider Younicos is working alongside Centrica at the facility at Roosecote, Barrow-in-Furness, which was originally a coal then a gas-fired facility.

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UK government backs battery innovation

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:11 -- Xuan Zhong
UK government backs battery innovation

The UK may lag behind battery manufacturing countries like China and the US, but its reputation as an innovator of the technology is well known.

And now the UK’s government is set to back the industry when its chancellor sets aside money in the next budget for research into the technology.

 

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Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Exploration at a UK lithium mine is expected to begin within two years after a former mining student signed a mineral grants agreement.

Uk company Cornish Lithium, headed by Jeremy Wrathall, has reached a mineral rights agreement with Canada's Strongbow Exploration to explore for lithium in Cornwall.

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Changes to UK utility scale energy storage tender process

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:04 -- Paul Crompton
Changes to UK utility scale energy storage tender process

UK utility National Grid is opening up the tender process to allow smaller companies and non-traditional energy storage methods to compete in the grid-scale UK market.

The company is aiming to simplify its suite of balancing services rather than simply tendering for more individual services targeting specific needs, such as Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR).

Last year the company successfully tendered 201MW of EFR in eight projects totalling £65.95m (with an average price of £9.44/MW of EFR/h) to maintain the grid frequency at 50Hz.

This year the company is re-writing the process in a bid to

group together balancing services with similar requirements and make the process of energy distribution more flexible.

The three initial groups will include Frequency Response, Reserve Energy and Standby & Margin categories, although others may be added.

So for example, EFR and firm frequency response (FFR) dynamic and static will be in the general frequency response category; whereas reserve services and demand turn-up will be grouped in the reserve energy section along with STOR runway.

Work on the new proposal is ongoing, with National Grid planning to announce more details in its Electricity Future Operability Strategy document at the end of March.

The proposals are likely to involve a gradual roll out rather than a sudden step change of the policy.

Stewart Larque, head of Regional Media at National Grid, told BBB: “The intention is exactly the opposite to restricting the opportunities to big players – we want to remove complexity and barriers to smaller players and non-traditional technology types, encouraging greater competition for balancing services.

“The aim is to provide more clarity to all potential providers through having fewer but ‘deeper’ services where providers may tender in specific variables such as speed of response or duration. This will allow all assets, including storage, a better route to market than the current suite of products.

“So, in summary, parties providing response in enhanced timescales will still have a route to market but it will be through those deeper balancing service marketplaces rather than ad hoc periodic tender events.”

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UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

UK firm Faradion has received £3.2 million in funding to take its sodium-ion technology from the laboratory to large-scale prototype stage.

The money came from a syndicated funding round from existing shareholders including Mercia Technologies, which is due to invest £1.9million for a more than 13% share of the business.

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DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Energy storage needs to be defined and have its own set of regulations to allow UK-based distribution network operators (DNO) to make the most of the technology.

That was feeling at Energy Storage Network’s annual symposium held in London, UK, last week, as the thorny issue of regulations and codes continues to hamper the industry.

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Home battery trial to test benefits of ESS and renewables

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:36 -- Paul Crompton
Home battery trial to test benefits of ESS and renewables

UK firm Moixa is once again testing the benefits of batteries for homeowners and utilities in making use of renewable energy.

The residential energy storage firm, along with utility Northern Powergrid (NP) and community renewable energy group Energise Barnsley teamed up to demonstrate how batteries can utilise solar energy.

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Grid-scale storage only just making financial sense

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:08 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale battery storage only just making financial sense say Uk Power Network

Batteries ability to transform the UK’s grid-scale energy landscape will become clearer as prices drop, claim electricity utility UK Power Networks.

The comments by Suleman Alli, the company’s director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, came after a two-year trial testing lithium-ion technology in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

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Jaguar Land Rover plans to build UK lithium-ion battery facility

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong

Vehicle OEM Jaguar Land Rover have revealed plans to build an electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the heart of England, according to reports.

JLR has already outlined a £500million, 30-acre, expansion plan in Coventry, but now the vehicle maker wants to go one step further.

 
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