A technical fault at the world’s largest offshore wind farm was among a series of failures that resulted in Britain’s worst blackouts in a decade, according to initial analysis by National Grid. National Grid declined to comment last night. The company is likely to point to the faults at the power generators and train operators to suggest that others share the blame for the extent of the disruption.
Times 16th Aug 2019 read more »
Keith Bell: What happened to our electricity system on Friday August 9th 2019? That increasing dependency on electricity raises perhaps the biggest societal questions. It is impossible to guarantee perfectly reliable electricity supplies. By international standards, supplies in Britain are, on average, very reliable. How much are we prepared to pay to make them more reliable? And, because they will never be perfect, do we – individuals, institutions and service providers – know how to cope when we experience an outage?
UKERC 14th Aug 2019 read more »
The much-hyped energy transformer company Faraday Grid has collapsed with administrators Grant Thornton appointed to take control of the business, it emerged this week. Faraday Grid, which launched in the UK in 2017, was known for a cutting edge Exchanger technology it claimed could help manage the flow of electricity without a central management system – essentially creating a self-balancing energy grid. The approach would enable renewables to provide a much higher proportion of power to the grid than is currently the case, it said.
Business Green 16th Aug 2019 read more »