Articles tagged with: Blackout

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Guest blog

Grid synchronous inertia: Vital to stabilising the grid and preventing the next blackout

14 Jul 2020, 08:18 • By Dr Javier Cavada, Gary Preece
Grid synchronous inertia: Vital to stabilising the grid and preventing the next blackout

Taking the UK's transmission system and the circumstances which led to a dramatic blackout as a direct example, Javier Cavada and Gary Preece of liquid air energy storage (LAES) systems company Highview Power look at how such events could be avoided, cost-effectively and with lesser environmental consequences.

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Analysis

Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

28 Oct 2019, 11:21 • By Liam Stoker
Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

At 4:52pm on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK suffered its first wide-scale blackout in more than a decade. More than 1.1 million consumers were plunged into the dark as rail lines screeched to a halt, traffic lights failed and even airports reported problems. Liam Stoker looks at the root causes, and how battery storage came to the rescue.

UK’s blackout first-responders included 475MW of batteries

UK’s blackout first-responders included 475MW of batteries

20 Aug 2019, 12:39

A report out today on the causes of the UK’s recent blackout, where electricity supply to 5% of National Grid’s customers was cut off “to protect the other 95%”, highlighted that 475MW of batteries were used to help bring the network back online.