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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has written to ministers at the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to petition for a cut to the VAT rate for domestic energy storage. The trade body also urged the ministers to introduce a temporary financial incentive for households to install storage, perhaps through the recently extended Green Homes Grant scheme.
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Gridserve has opened the first of 100 “Electric Forecourts” the company plans to build over next five years at Braintree in Essex. The station has the capacity to charge 36 electric vehicles at the same time at rates of up to 350kW.
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The UK’s largest battery storage system to date, with a maximum power output of almost 50MW and a storage capacity of 75MWh, has begun operating at Thurcroft in South Yorkshire. The facility is owned by Gresham House Energy Storage Fund and is being traded in wholesale and balancing services markets by Flexitricity.
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At a roundtable event organised by Network in association with National Grid, delegates were invited to consider how localised energy supports the whole energy system.
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Plant and machinery used to generate and store renewable energy onsite will be exempt from business rates, the government announced in the Budget on Wednesday (27 October). As part of a wider review of business rates, the Budget also contained a move to offer 100% relief for heat networks.
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Centrica Business Solutions has established a dedicated team to develop, build, manage and optimise a portfolio of solar farms and battery storage systems that will be used to supply its customers with clean energy. The company said Centrica Energy Assets will aim to build 650MW of solar farms and 250MW of batter storage by 2026.
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CEO and founder of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Celia Greaves, believes the UK stands before a gaping ‘window of opportunity’ to take a global lead on fuel cells – despite ‘very little’ recent attention.
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As wholesale power prices continue to soar to new record levels, one academic has predicted even large suppliers will be under extreme pressure. Average prices in the day-ahead market for Tuesday (14 September) hit £461/MWh on the EPEX market and £380/MWh on Nordpool. Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at Imperial College London, warned “if you haven’t got anything that de-risks your exposure to wholesale prices as a supplier, then I think you are going to be in deep trouble”.
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SSE has acquired its first grid-scale storage project, buying the development rights for a consented 50MW facility in Wiltshire from Harmony Energy. The company said it is aiming to build a “significant portfolio of batteries” and is looking at 500MW of “early-stage opportunities”.
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Renewable energy infrastructure startup Field, headed by Bulb co-founder Amit Gudka, has announced it is looking to build 1.3GW of battery storage by 2024. Field, formerly Virmati Energy, was launched by Gudka in January after he stepped down from his role at the disruptor brand.
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Gas turbines fuelled by hydrogen or fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be “essential” for creating a net zero energy system, according to analysis from Aurora Energy Research. In a new report, the consultancy forecast that the electrification of heating and transport will push peak power demand to 80GW by 2050, requiring large amounts of flexible and firm low-carbon generation to keep the lights on during extended periods of low renewable output.
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The Cap & Floor regime, which was developed by Ofgem to encourage investment in interconnectors, could be extended to long-duration storage projects. In a new call for evidence on facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-term electricity storage storage technologies, such as pumped hydro and hydrogen, the government says these projects are not being built at the scale needed to support the transition to a lower carbon.
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Pivot Power has signed a deal with Wartsila to install another 100MW of battery storage at Coventry and Sandwell in the West Midlands. The storage systems, which will each have a capacity of 50MW/100MWh, will form part of the 2GW network of “Energy Superhubs” that Pivot Power plans to build across the UK.
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Pure Planet has unveiled a product which aims to create a simplified flexibility proposition and unlock new revenue streams for the supplier. The app-based energy supplier, in which BP has a 24 per cent stake, has partnered with Lightsource BP’s Lightsource Labs to use the latter’s energy management technology, called Tribe, and virtual power plant platform to optimise flexible assets in the home.
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