The largest council-owned energy storage site in the UK has been energised and is now operational. South Somerset District Council’s 25MW storage site near Taunton is now providing grid balancing services to National Grid. The c.£9.8 million project was originally announced in 2018; the site was purchased in May 2019 and developed over the last year. While the full site is now operational, it was announced in October that it will be further expanded to a capacity of 30MW by August.
Solar Power Portal 5th June 2020 read more »
Energy storage systems look set to win out over other flexibility providers, as solar and wind generation continues to soar. Across the five major European markets – Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain – variable renewable energy (VRE) generation is expected to grow to become the largest share of capacity as early as 2023, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. In an effort to balance this growth, flexibility assets will be essential. As such, interconnectors, gas peakers and energy storage capacity collectively are expected to increase from 122GW in 2020 to 202GW by 2030, and then to 260GW by 2040. Of this capacity, energy storage systems look set to win out as the flexibility asset of choice. Due to decreasing costs and the compatibility with VREs, capacity is expected to grow from 3GW in 2020 to 26GW in 2030, and then to 89GW by 2040. This would mean that by 2040, there could be 320GWh of energy storage available to balance the grid across the five markets. System duration is also likely to increase over this period, in line with battery cost reductions.
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Speculation is growing that Mr Musk could be planning to open a factory in the area after reports suggested that he visited a site near Bristol. The Tesla chief executive is said to have flown in his private jet to Luton airport for a 24-hour visit to the UK to investigate a site for building electric cars. Mr Musk announced on Tuesday that he would be off Twitter. Rumours soon started as it emerged that the Department for International Trade had been on the hunt for a four million sq ft location that could hold a “gigafactory”, a term coined by Mr Musk for a giant factory that can build electric cars and batteries.
Times 6th June 2020 read more »