Orkney is a net exporter of electricity- but renewable generation is at times limited by the export capacity of the subsea cables to the Scottish mainland and between the islands. As a response to these limitations, Orkney has innovated. In 2009, the Islands became home to the UK’s first ‘smart grid,’ which uses a new Active Network Management approach to make better use of the existing network by instructing generators to control their output. Now, with help from Heriot-Watt University, Solo Energy – a new 100%-renewable energy supplier business operating in Orkney – is pushing ahead with the installation of large numbers of actively managed distributed energy storage assets in homes and businesses. Orkney has the highest proportion of households generating their own electricity of anywhere in the UK. Orcadians generate more than 100% of their total electricity needs from renewable sources and have pioneered the utilisation of renewables whether that be wind, wave and tidal and now they are looking at energy storage. Solo Energy – whose directors include mother-and-son Maureen and Simon Di Pietro from Ireland’s DP Energy – plans to create a demand-side energy storage network on Orkney, utilising battery storage technology in order to shift customers’ energy supply from periods of peak demand and peak wholesale energy price, to periods of peak renewable generation and low demand / low wholesale energy price.
Scottish Energy News 4th Aug 2016 read more »