Planning permission applications to install energy storage facilities in the UK have quadrupled since 2016, with a massive increase in capacity expected in the next few years. That is according to new research by trade bodies RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association (STA), which have this week unveiled a database on 400 of the nation’s existing and planned energy storage projects. Published on 5 November, the database reveals that UK applications for storage portfolios totalled just 2MW of capacity in 2012, soaring to a cumulative total of 6,874MW in 2018. More than 300 UK-based firms are now estimated to be involved in this growing market. The database also documents technological improvements in the storage sector, with the average capacity of new battery projects standing at 27MW in 2018, compared to 10MW in 2016. Overall, the UK is now home to 3.3GW of storage capacity, with planning consent handed to projects totalling a further 5.4.GW of capacity. Of these upcoming projects, 4.8GW is accounted for by battery storage, according to the database.
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