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Three companies plan to install Europe’s largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of energy – but they tend to be intermittent, which necessitates an energy storage solution to integrate the power into the grid. S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos just announced a trial run of their new energy storage technology, which has received £13 million in support from UK taxpayers.

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The new 6MW battery uses Lithium Manganese technology to improve long-term storage of energy derived from wind and solar generation. The battery will be installed at the Leighton Buzzard substation in Bedfordshire, which has the appropriate infrastructure for a successful trial run, including good grid connections, The Guardian reports.

“The major grid challenges from the UK’s decarbonisation can be met through energy storage’s inherent ability to reinforce the network. But currently there are limited large-scale energy storage projects here, leaving a confidence gap,” Andrew Jones, managing director of S&C Electric Europe, told the paper.

He added, “This practical demonstration promises to show the strengths and limitations of storage and unlock its potential as a key technology for the transition to low carbon energy.”

A £18.7 million project, the trail run is not expected to produce any results until 2016.

Via The Guardian

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  1. Ross Gallor September 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wind energy is one of the most clean and pure form of energy in which we used fast blowing winds to rotate the blades of Wind turbines. These wind turbines are already connected to generator which successfully generates energy. Wind energy is one of the world’s fastest growing power sources among all. This technology has greatly improved and evolved over the last decade, making wind turbines more powerful and quieter at the same time so that electricity generated by wind is better as comparison with traditional nuclear and other polluted energy production methods. Apart from this solar and hydro are also some good renewable sources of energy. But these green equipments can’t be available in every corner of the world, to avoid such situation you can use methods like prepay electricity and other smart electricity appliances.

  2. Rob Ryan July 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    It’s all well and good to talk about a 6 MW battery, but that addresses only how FAST it can deliver energy (6 million joules/second). The more crucial figure is how much energy can it store (measured in MWh, kWh, gigajoules, whatever), i.e., for how LONG can it deliver 6MW?

    I know grid scale storage is typically quoted in rate rather than quantity and I’ve never understood quoting that alone. I understand that rate is important but quantity is just as, if not more, important. For example, a studio photographer’s flash unit will discharge a capacitor through a flash tube in about a millisecond, delivering an energy of 2000 watt seconds (otherwise known as joules). This is a power of 2000/.001 or 2 MW. Three of these gives 6 MW of storage but they’d not be too useful for grid scale energy storage.

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