UK’s energy storage capacity ‘set to soar’

UK’s energy storage capacity ‘set to soar’
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Trade body RenewableUK has launched a new database which shows a massive increase in battery storage capacity is set to take place – enough to power nearly half a million electric vehicles.

Planning applications in the UK to install just 2MW of battery storage capacity in 2012 have soared since then to a cumulative total of 6,874MW in 2018.

RenewableUK said the database will allow members to access comprehensive information on nearly 400 UK energy storage projects.

It will show where operational projects are located on an interactive map, as well as schemes being planned and under construction, including those sited alongside solar, wind and tidal energy projects.

It also reveals that the average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has increased from 10MW in 2016 to 27MW today, and that more than 300 UK-based businesses are operating in this new sector.

3.3GW of storage capacity (including hydro projects) is now operational in the UK and a further 5.4.GW has planning consent –  including 4.8GW of battery storage, which is enough capacity to fully charge 480,000 electric vehicles.

RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “The energy sector is breaking new ground by making an unprecedented transition to a clean, flexible system which will power our country in the future.

“Energy storage is already playing a key part in that, from small local projects to grid-scale schemes.

“We’re decentralising the way the power system works and, at our conference, we’ll hear how an increased share of wind, solar and storage on the grid could transform UK energy markets.”