Local renewable energy provision will be an important factor in reducing the carbon emissions of industry, but this on its own will not be enough. To combat the inherent unpredictability of wind and solar generation, as well as fluctuations in the cost of energy from the grid during the day, smarter industrial energy management will be required. This positions the West Midlands as a unique location to unleash the innovative and economic potential of energy storage in the UK. Insights from consultancy Gemserv highlighted consumer will as the greatest enabler of energy storage adoption in the UK, through emerging technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles (EVs) – a critical market where the West Midlands is immediately steering the green investment agenda. Home to a third of the UK’s car production, the region’s mature automotive ecosystem of big-name brands, including Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Cars and the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), is accelerating the EV revolution at pace. They are backed by an advanced landscape for battery research and development, which includes the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) – the UK’s only facility for investigating large-scale battery production.
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