One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

There is greater awareness of the need for energy storage due to the rapid growth of solar and wind power which may be renewable but only generates electricity intermittently. Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology at University of Southampton writes on The Conversation website about the plans for one of the world’s largest battery storage … Continue reading One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

A 50MW facility near Manchester in the UK will store enough power for roughly 50,000 homes for five hours. Roger Harrabin explains in an article on the BBC website.   UK energy plant to use liquid air Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in … Continue reading World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

Alan Brent, Professor and Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand discusses how electric vehicles can contribute to the grid in an article on The Conversation website.   Climate explained: could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid? Technically it is possible. You … Continue reading Discussing bidirectional flow of power between EVs and grids

A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website that scientists have coated red bricks with conductive fibres, turning them into batteries that could store power for hours.   House bricks could become energy storage systems to charge electrical devices A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices, thanks to an energy … Continue reading A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices

Finding the most cost-effective approach to storing renewable energy

While the UK government is correct that the national grid needs more energy storage to support the shift to further renewable energy generation, a focus on building large, expensive batteries isn’t necessarily the answer. Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology at the University of Southampton explains in an article on The Conversation website.   The … Continue reading Finding the most cost-effective approach to storing renewable energy

A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project showcasing its technology in Scotland

Greig Cameron writes on the Times website about a demonstration project in Scotland that will use gravity-powered batteries. What are your views on this technology?   Gravity-powered batteries generate electricity when the wind dies down A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project … Continue reading A company aiming to use old mine shafts as batteries to store renewable energy is to build a demonstration project showcasing its technology in Scotland

Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

The cost improvements in renewable energy technologies in recent years is staggering and now the cheapest energy options in most of the world according to new research. Giles Parkinson explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere Further cost reductions in … Continue reading Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

The flow battery is staking a claim in the renewable energy world of the future

Flow batteries have longer lives than lithium-ion batteries and show great promise. The problem so far is that they rely on the costly material vanadium. Irina Slav writes on the OilPrice website that there are new developments that use cheap, sustainable materials. She explains that new developments are needed because the world will be needing … Continue reading The flow battery is staking a claim in the renewable energy world of the future

Pumped thermal electricity storage is expected to be competitive with other storage technologies

One promising storage option is pumped thermal electricity storage. This relatively new technology has been around for about ten years, and is currently being tested in pilot plants. Antoine Koen, PhD Candidate in Pumped Thermal Energy Storage and Pau Farres Antunez, Postdoctoral researcher in Energy Storage, University of Cambridge write about recent developments in an … Continue reading Pumped thermal electricity storage is expected to be competitive with other storage technologies

Latest development in energy storage

We are always looking for the latest innovations in technologies that will support the low carbon energy transition.  In a news item on the Science Daily website, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed an affordable 'flow battery' membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.   Go with the flow: … Continue reading Latest development in energy storage