UK energy storage capacity set to soar

15 November 2018

A new database launched by RenewableUK on 5 November shows that a huge increase in battery storage capacity is about to take place in the UK. Planning applications to install just 2 MW of battery storage capacity in 2012 have soared to a cumulative total of 6874 MW in 2018. 92% of applications for storage projects are approved first time.

The database will allow RenewableUK members to access comprehensive information on nearly 400 UK energy storage projects. It will show where operational projects are located on an interactive map,as well as schemes being planned and under construction, including those sited alongside solar, wind and tidal energy projects.

It also shows that the average output capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has increased from 10 MW in 2016 to 27 MW today, and that more than 300 UK-based businesses are operating in this new sector.

3.3 GW of storage capacity, including hydro storage, is now operational in the UK and a further 5.4 GW, including 4.8 GW of battery storage, has planning consent.

RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck commented: “The energy sector is breaking new ground by making an unprecedented transition to a clean, flexible system which will power our country in the future. Energy storage is already playing a key part in that, from small local projects to grid-scale schemes. We’re decentralising the way the power system works”.

The chief executive of the Solar Trade Association Chris Hewett commented: “Energy storage has already begun to unlock the full potential of wind and solar energy, and it’s happening faster than almost anyone anticipated.” 

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