Energy storage capacity to jump

RenewableUK has launched a database showing a surge in UK battery storage capacity is imminent, with planning applications soaring from just 2 MW of battery storage capacity in 2012 to a new cumulative total of 6 GW in 2018.

The database provides 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.

The average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has increased from 10 MW in 2016 to 27 MW with more than 300 UK-based businesses are operating in this new sector, with 3.3 GW of storage capacity (including hydro projects) now operational in the UK and a further 5.4 GW with planning consent - including 4.8 GW of battery storage.

The chief executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA) 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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