SmartestEnergy has called for renewables and storage to be able to compete on a level playing field with other forms of energy, as it publishes a new report highlighting how independent developers are turning to batteries. The energy company published today its fifth annual Energy Entrepreneurs report, which claims battery capacity in the UK could grow by 100-fold by 2020. According to the report, independent developers have won four fifths of battery contracts in capacity market auctions, having secured 407MW compared to just 105MW with the “Big Six” firms. Independents have also won more than half (110 MW) the battery contracts to provide enhanced frequency response to stabilise the National Grid. But SmartEnergy’s vice president, renewables, Iain Robertson, said the market place is looking for stability and a level playing field. “Onshore wind and solar are already proved to be the cheapest form of generation,” said Robertson. He added if onshore wind and solar were brought back into the contracts for difference (CfD) auction system, there would be more stability, which he said “makes projects bankable”. “The benefit that CfD gives is the stability for long-term price signals,” he said. His comments follow a report last month by Scottish Renewables, which called for solar and onshore wind to be allowed to compete again in CfD auctions.
Edie 4th May 2017 read more »
Batteries that have powered electric cars around the UK will get a second life providing energy storage for households, with the launch this week of a British-made home battery to rival the one made by Elon Musk’s Tesla. The cells will be made by the Japanese car-maker Nissan in Sunderland, where its popular Leaf electric car is built, and sold in partnership with the US power firm Eaton. Buyers will be able to choose cheaper, used batteries that are no longer fit for electric car use, or pricier new ones. They are believed to be the first British-made household batteries pitched to the embryonic UK home storage market. The batteries inside the Tesla Powerwall were previously made in Japan by Panasonic, but since January have been produced at its vast Gigafactory in California. Sonnen, a German storage company, builds its European and Australian home batteries in Wildpoldsried, Germany.
Guardian 4th May 2017 read more »