Energy storage has a crucial role to play in both the management of energy supply in the UK and in the wider uptake of renewable energy technologies in the future. As the UK’s energy requirements continue to grow, storage technologies and projects will help to ensure that energy is always available where it is needed.
Energy storage greatly improves the way we create, deliver and use our electricity. Typically, energy storage systems feature rechargeable battery systems that store energy from the grid and from renewable energy sources. While there are several technologies available, for battery storage, Lithium-ion is perhaps the most well-known.
These batteries make use of advanced technologies that can provide important balancing services to the grid for example helping when there is either too much supply or too much demand – effectively helping to smooth out electricity supply. Battery storage has the ability to very quickly respond to the grid’s energy needs with these technologies being able to respond to the grid’s energy needs in less than 1 second.
A key benefit of energy storage is it can enable the integration of more renewables such as solar and wind into the overall energy mix. Similarly, more storage could mean less dependency on energy generated from fossil-fuels