29 Aug '16, 6am

IHS: The UK turns to batteries to stabilise an increasingly green grid

By awarding frequency response contracts to 200 MW of battery storage projects, the UK is following a global trend towards using batteries to balance the power grid, making it a major global energy storage market, and helping it balance a grid that is becomingly increasingly dependent on renewable sources, says Sam Wilkinson, Senior Research Manager – Solar and Energy Storage at IHS Technology. Towards a sustainable UK grid “Frequency response” is the service that is used to keep the grid stable, compensating for short-term fluctuations in supply and demand in the grid. To date, grid balancing services have been provided mainly by gas and coal plants. The uptake of batteries marks another major push towards a sustainable grid for the UK. According to Wilkinson, after several years of rapid cost declines, batteries are increasingly competing with conventional thermal genera...

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